Castle Ashby visits

Visits to Castle Ashby

As part of our ambitious project aimed to encourage a wider and more diverse audience to visit, learn about and enjoy Capability Brown’s landscapes, we worked in partnership with Castle Ashby, with a week of visits in July 2016.

We co-hosted three groups:

  • Rowangate School (for pupils with a range of complex learning needs)
  • Southwood House (for adults with disabilities)
  • SERVE (supporting independence in the home).

We hope you enjoy these photographs which show the fun that was experienced by us all.

Capability Brown welcoming his guests

Rowangate School

Getting busy with the Scavenger Hunt

Spotting carp from the bridge

Mr Brown shares his vision

Southwood House

Residents arrive from Southwood House

Enjoying a view of the lake

Katherine gets 'hands on'


In awe of the 'capabilities' of the horse chestnut!

Highlighting features of the landscape

"To see the groups that visited Castle Ashby enjoying their days so much was truly inspirational.” Elizabeth

Leaving a lasting legacy

To end a busy year celebrating the 300th Anniversary of the birth of Lancelot Capability Brown, we were delighted to have gifted trees to all those groups from Wellingborough and East Northants who visited the wonderful Brownian landscape at Castle Ashby in July.

On a beautifully sunny morning in November, five trees were delivered to a variety of sites:

    • a Rowan tree to Rowangate School
    • a Rowan tree to Warwick Academy in Wellingborough
    • a Hawthorne to Southwood House for adults with disabilities.

Rowangate School in Rushden and the SERVE Treatment Centre in Higham Ferrers received crab apple trees in pots to brighten their urban environments.

Each tree was ceremoniously planted with the help of pupils, residents and, of course, Capability Brown.

Warwick pupils start digging watched by an audience of Class 5 under the tutorage of Capability Brown

John and Catherine supervise the planting of a Hawthorne at Southwood House

"One of the most enjoyable aspects of creating the “Capability” Brown Exhibition was the interaction with other people; gaining different perspectives from them, being able to utilise their expertise, and making new friends in the process!” Chris

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