Contributions sought from LI members

As a follow-up to last year’s Capability Brown tercentenary, the Gardens Trust, supported by Historic England, is preparing a report on Capability Brown landscapes at risk.

While 2016 was a celebration of Brown’s projects, this report reveals the damage that the landscapes themselves have suffered. Although some landscapes benefit from conservation management, others have been divided or scarred by development. While this is in some cases irreversible, the Gardens Trust is keen now to raise awareness of the risks and encourage good practice in owners, managers and planners.

The Trust is urging LI members to contribute to the report by providing any examples of practice, bad or good, they have come across. They have provided the following prompts based on the proposed structure of the report:

Knowledge

  • The depth of understanding of the structure and style of Brown’s landscapes
  • The importance of conservation management plans in helping custodians manage heritage assets

Protection

  • The strength of the protection afforded by the against harmful development
  • The scrutiny given to many forms of change that are not classified as ‘development’ and do not require planning permission

Ownership and use

  • The relationship between multiple ownership and heightened risk
  • Incremental change
  • Hotel, sport and leisure development
  • Tourism and events infrastructure
  • Residential development outside parks but within designed views
  • Mineral workings
  • Road, rail and other national infrastructure development
  • Renewable energy installations
  • Climate change and sustainability
  • Historic lakes and water features and the Reservoirs Act 1975

The consultants working with the Gardens Trust on this report are seeking thoughts on any of the above points and photographs that exemplify good or bad practice. If you would like to contribute insight, please email Dr Sarah Rutherford via .

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