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We are pleased to announce that we will be supporting the 300th anniversary celebrations taking place in Cambridge next month to mark the birth of the landscape architect – Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

Capability Brown Event - Hall from lakeBrown was one of the most influential landscape architects in English garden history. Over a period of 41 years he designed over 260 landscapes across the British Isles, including that of Madingley Hall, which is situated four miles outside the centre of Cambridge. To celebrate the anniversary of Brown’s birth the University of Cambridge is holding an open event at Madingley Hall on 9th September.

The celebrations include an afternoon of tours, presentation displays of Georgian Gardening and introductory talks by a member of the garden team. In the evening the surveyors, woodland advisors, ecologists and gardeners that care for Madingley Hall will discuss the work of Capability Brown and the current management of his magnificent landscape.

As main sponsors of the event, we will also be presenting talks on the ‘Management of Veteran Trees and Woodlands in Historic Landscapes’ and ‘Nature Notes from a Capability Brown Landscape’.

Justin Mumford, Managing Director says, ‘It has been a great honour and privilege to have been involved in managing this historic landscape and to be sponsoring the celebratory evening. James Whiteford (Senior Ecological Consultant) and I look forward to talking about our involvement with the University and sharing our experiences of the woodland management and ecological support we have provided over the years’.

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Lockhart Garratt have been involved with the Madingley Hall grounds since the company was established in 1998, and in 2007 were asked to design and implement the planting of the 10ha field to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the University, which was officially opened to the public by the Chancellor of University of Cambridge, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.

Born in 1716, Capability Brown’s work can be found in some of the most prestigious palaces and house in the country including: Alnwick Castle, Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth House and Harewood House.

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