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Capability Brown Sites To Honour Landscapes At Heritage Open Days (8-11 September)



Capability Brown Sites To Honour Landscapes At Heritage Open Days (8-11 September)

The beautiful landscapes created by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown have been celebrated at various events this summer across Britain and this is set to continue with a range of events in support of Heritage Open Days.

Talks, walks, performances, exhibitions and other activities are taking place with free access to the gardens and houses at a selection of renowned properties, as well as lesser known private and public secret green spaces and community gardening projects with fascinating stories to tell.


Here is a flavour of some of the 27 special events taking place to celebrate sites created by the grandfather of landscape architecture:

· Roam around 250 acres of garden at Stowe in Buckinghamshire, where Brown looked after the gardens from 1741-1751. The doors will also be thrown open to temples and monuments that are normally closed. Stowe House, Church and Gothic Temple will also be open, so you can experience a new view of Stowe.

· Discover a secret landscape with guided tours of a lost Capability Brown gem at the Woodlands Farm in Staffordshire which was part of the Fisherwick Estate – once one of his biggest projects, now the working Woodhouse Farm CIC. An 18th century Walled Garden, Cherry Orchard, a ha-ha and other elements of the original Brown landscape are just some of the areas gradually being uncovered on the site, plus something for younger ones with rare breed cattle, pigs and chickens.

· Excite your senses at Sheffield Park and Gardens, East Sussex with their ‘Playing with perspective’ trail involving mirrors, sounds and textures and see the garden from a whole new perspective. This trail, taking inspiration from Capability Brown, encourages visitors to explore the garden using all your senses and uses mirrors to replicate the reflections in the lakes to see things a little differently.

· Explore the world of 18th century gardening with a behind the scenes curator’s guided tour of rare books and artwork from the collections of the RHS Lindley Library, Vincent Square, London – the finest horticultural library in the world. Visitors will also have a chance to see the new exhibition on Capability Brown ‘A Capable Businessman’, which includes his Account Book.

· Visit Cadland Gardens in Hampshire and take a guided tour of Capability Brown’s smallest surviving pleasure garden. Exquisitely sited by Capability Brown to take advantage of the breath-taking views across the Solent towards the Isle of Wight, Cadland Gardens are his smallest surviving pleasure ground. It is a miniature landscape garden with a circular belt walk, broad vistas, intimate peeps out to sea, the delights of scent and foliage and the play of light and shade on the grass.

· Enjoy access to an 18th century Palladian mansion designed by Capability Brown for Clive of India at Claremont House in Surrey. It later became the home of Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg. The young Queen Victoria spent many of her birthdays here and it was a favourite family home. The exiled King and Queen of the French, Louis Philippe and Marie-Amelie, lived here after the 1848 Revolution.

· Cross one of only four Palladian bridges in the world, take in sweeping views of the World Heritage City of Bath, and learn about the mysteries surrounding Capability Brown in Prior Park Landscape Garden, Somerset. There’s lots for kids to enjoy with bug hunting on the rotten trail or pick up a 50 Things to do before you before you’re 11 and 3/4 book and tick off some of the activities, such as climb a really big hill or catch a falling leaf.

· ‘Walk with Capability’ at Temple Newsam Park, in West Yorkshire and enjoy a circular stroll with Capability Brown through the landscape to see some of his grand designs for the estate.

· As a special treat for Heritage Open Days visitors, Burton Constable in Yorkshire is offering free admission to the grounds and stables with guided tours of the parkland in the county’s best docuemented landscape by Capability Brown. You will also have the opportunity to try their new limited-edition beer brewed specially by Great Newsome Brewery and aptly named ‘Incapability Brown Ale.’


Heritage Open Days are one of the Capability Brown Festival’s partners and is co-ordinated and promoted nationally by the National Trust.

For more details of these and other events at Capability Brown sites at part of Heritage Open Days visit



Ways Green Preppers Are Trying to Protect their Privacy



Environmental activists are not given the admiration that they deserve. A recent poll by Gallup found that a whopping 32% of Americans still doubt the existence of global warming. The government’s attitude is even worse.

Many global warming activists and green preppers have raised the alarm bell on climate change over the past few years. Government officials have taken notice and begun tracking their activity online. Even former National Guard officers have admitted that green preppers and climate activists are being targeted for terrorist watchlists.

Of course, the extent of their surveillance depends on the context of activism. People that make benign claims about climate change are unlikely to end up on a watchlist, although it is possible if they make allusions to their disdain of the government. However, even the most pacifistic and well intentioned environmental activists may unwittingly trigger some algorithm and be on the wrong side of a criminal investigation.

How could something like this happen? Here are some possibilities:

  • They could share a post on social media from a climate extremist group or another individual on the climate watchlist.
  • They could overly politicize their social media content, such as being highly critical of the president.
  • They could use figures of speech that may be misinterpreted as threats.
  • They might praise the goals of a climate change extremist organization that as previously resorted to violence, even if they don’t condone the actual means.

Preppers and environmental activists must do everything in their power to protect their privacy. Failing to do so could cost them their reputation, future career opportunities or even their freedom. Here are some ways that they are contacting themselves.

Living Off the Grid and Only Venturing to Civilization for Online Use

The more digital footprints you leave behind, the greater attention you draw. People that hold controversial views on environmentalism or doomsday prepping must minimize their digital paper trail.

Living off the grid is probably the best way to protect your privacy. You can make occasional trips to town to use the Wi-Fi and stock up on supplies.

Know the Surveillance Policies of Public Wi-Fi Providers

Using Wi-Fi away from your home can be a good way to protect your privacy.However, choosing the right public Wi-Fi providers is going to be very important.

Keep in mind that some corporate coffee shops such a Starbucks can store tapes for up to 60 days. Mom and pop businesses don’t have the technology nor the interest to store them that long. They generally store tips for only 24 hours and delete them afterwards. This gives you a good window of opportunity to post your thoughts on climate change without being detected.

Always use a VPN with a No Logging Policy

Using a VPN is one of the best ways to protect your online privacy. However, some of these providers do a much better job than others. What is a VPN and what should you look for when choosing one? Here are some things to look for when making a selection:

  • Make sure they are based in a country that has strict laws on protecting user privacy. VPNs that are based out of Switzerland, Panama for the British Virgin Islands are always good bets.
  • Look for VPN that has a strict no logging policy. Some VPNs will actually track the websites that you visit, which almost entirely defeats the purpose. Most obviously much better than this, but many also track Your connections and logging data. You want to use a VPN that doesn’t keep any logs at all.
  • Try to choose a VPN that has an Internet kill switch. This means that all content will stop serving if your VPN connection drops, which prevents your personal data from leaking out of the VPN tunnel.

You will be much safer if you use a high-quality VPN consistently, especially if you have controversial views on climate related issues or doomsday prepping.

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How Going Green Can Save Your Business Thousands



Running a company isn’t easy. From reporting wages in an efficient way to meeting deadlines and targets, there’s always something to think about – with green business ideas giving entrepreneurs something extra to ponder. While environmental issues may not be at the forefront of your mind right now, it could save your business thousands, so let’s delve deeper into this issue.

Small waste adds up over time

A computer left on overnight might not seem like the end of the world, right? Sure, it’s a rather minor issue compared to losing a client or being refused a loan – but small waste adds up over time. Conserving energy is an effective money saver, so to hold onto that hard-earned cash, try to:

  • Turn all electrical gadgets off at the socket rather than leaving them on standby as the latter can crank up your energy bill without you even realizing.
  • Switch all lights off when you exit a room and try switching to halogen incandescent light bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps or light emitting diodes as these can use up to 80 per cent less energy than traditional incandescent and are therefore more efficient.
  • Replace outdated appliances with their greener counterparts. Energy Star appliances have labels which help you to understand their energy requirements over time.
  • Draught-proof your premises as sealing up leaks could slash your energy bills by 30 per cent.

Going electronic has significant benefits

If you don’t want to be buried under a mountain of paperwork, why not opt for digital documents instead of printing everything out? Not only will this save a lot of money on paper and ink but it will also conserve energy and help protect the planet. You may even be entitled to one of the many tax breaks and grants issued to organizations committed to achieving their environmental goals. This is particularly good news for start-ups with limited funds as the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) is keen to support companies opening up their company in a green manner.

Of course, if you’re used to handing out brochures and leaflets at every company meeting or printing out newsletters whenever you get the chance, going electronic may be a challenge – but here are some things you can try:

  • Using PowerPoint presentations not printouts
  • Communicating via instant messenger apps or email
  • Using financial software to manage your books
  • Downloading accounting software to keep track of figures
  • Arranging digital feedback and review forms
  • Making the most of Google Docs

Going green can help you to make money too

Going green and environmental stability is big news at the moment with many companies doing their bit for the environment. While implementing eco-friendly strategies will certainly save you money, reducing your carbon footprint could also make you a few bucks too. How? Well, consumers care about what brands are doing more than ever before, with many deliberately siding with those who are implementing green policies. Essentially, doing your bit for the environment is a PR dream as it allows you to talk about what everyone wants to hear.

Going green can certainly save your money but it should also improve your reputation too and give you a platform to promote your business.

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