Tuesday 3rd – Thursday 26th May 2016
Celebrating the anniversary of Capability Brown’s birth
Temple Wood, one of only five Pleasure Grounds created by Capability Brown, will be opening to the public at Weston Park during May as part of the celebrations to mark 300 years since the birth of the legendary landscaper.
The wood is part of Weston’s extensive grounds and is one of the jewels in the crown of Brown’s work, showcasing his virtuosity as a landscaper. A naturalistic and romantic paradise, Temple Wood is a classic Brown representation and, with help from Weston’s landscaping team, including head gardener Martin Gee, it remains little altered from Brown’s original vision, first conceived in the 1760’s. Alongside Weston’s Pleasure Grounds and Shrewsbury Walk, it forms a trio of Capability Brown delights to explore at Weston Park. Can we take this out please as the opening doesn’t include Shrewsbury Walk
Nestled on the periphery of the wood is the famous Temple of Diana, which was inspired by Andrea Palladio’s 16th century Venetian works, and is a stunningly romantic vision when encountered within the tranquil setting of the surrounding woodland.
In addition to exploring the natural delights of Temple Wood, families can also enjoy the delights of the newly updated Adventure Playground featuring a whole host of exciting new equipment including trampolines, slides and a new double zip wire. It’s the perfect place for the kids to let off some steam!
Capability Brown’s enduring legacy is being rejoiced throughout 2016 and Weston Park, as one of his most celebrated schemes, will be leading the charge with events in the grounds he designed, exhibitions inspired by Brown and talks and walks enthused by the master. Throughout the year, Weston Park will give people the chance to immerse themselves into the world and vision of England’s most illustrious landscaper.
Overseeing how Weston’s year of Capability Brown plays out in the gardens is Head Gardener Martin Gee whose family has lived and worked on the estate since 1803. Martin’s team have been busy preparing the grounds so that the views and vistas are at their very best for 2016, whilst Martin himself will be sharing the heritage of the gardens with visitors through a series of events throughout the year.
Martin Gee, Head Gardener at Weston Park comments, “Capability Brown’s landscaping work at Weston Park is a huge part of why the estate is regarded as a national treasure and we do everything we can to celebrate this heritage. Temple Wood is one of the highlights of the grounds, a perfect place for an enchanting and peaceful walk and to reflect on Brown’s genius. We’ve been working hard to prepare the woods so they’re looking their best in time for May and we’re looking forward to giving people the chance to explore this landscaping gem.”
To find out more visit weston-park.com/brown300
The House, Formal Gardens and wider parkland are not accessible.
For further information on Weston Park and all events taking place throughout the year visit weston-park.com.