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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



Green Weddings Trend: Why 70% of Newlyweds Are Going Green



A couple of months ago, my best friend got married to her new husband. They are both very eco-conscious people, so they decided to have a unique twist on their wedding. They asked for the following:

  • They arranged a carpool with their friends.
  • They didn’t have any balloons. Instead they used umbrellas.
  • They used plant materials instead of plastic confetti.
  • My friend insisted her husband not purchase a diamond. In addition to being ecologically conscious, she didn’t like the idea of having a stone that was used in conflict zones.

My friends aren’t the only ones making these changes. In fact, nearly a quarter of all newlyweds are organizing green weddings.

Green Weddings Are Becoming the Norm

People are more concerned about green living than ever before. They are trying to incorporate environmental protectionist ideas into every facet of their lives, even the most intimate, such as marriage. A growing number of people are trying to have green weddings, which can make a big difference in reducing their carbon footprint.

How much of a difference can this make? Here are some statistics to bear in mind:

There are a number ofreasons that green weddings are becoming more important. Here are a few.

People Are More Worried About Environmental Preservation than Ever Before

Green living in general is becoming a greater concern for most people. Even younger conservatives are breaking from their older counterparts by insisting on fighting climate change. According to a poll from Pew Research earlier this year, 75% of Americans say that they are very concerned about protecting the environment. Having green weddings is a good way to act on this concern.

One of the biggest changes people are making is using recycled products for their green weddings. This is explained by the research from Pew:

“Overall, 32% of U.S. adults say they are bothered a lot by people throwing away things that could be recycled. Roughly six-in-ten Americans (61%) who say they always try to live in ways that protect the environment say it bothers them “a lot” when others throw away things that could be recycled. Among those who are less focused on environmental protection, only a quarter say it bothers them a lot when others don’t recycle. People who are environmentally conscious are also twice as likely as others to say that seeing someone incorrectly putting trash in recycling bins bothers them a lot (42% vs. 21%).”

Indifferent Politicians Are Driving them to Take More Initiative

Many politicians in power have been very hesitant to take action on climate change. Many of them have openly stated that it is a hoax. These politicians are forcing people to do what they can in their own lives to make a difference. Making small changes, such as hosting green weddings, is a great way to improve the environment without waiting for political momentum.

Cost and Simplicity

A couple of the biggest reasons that people want to host green weddings have nothing to do with their concern for the environment. Running green weddings is simply cheaper and simpler than having a massive, traditional one. One of the biggest changes is that they are buying green engagement rings from the best brands.

Green Weddings Are the Future

Green weddings have become very popular over the past few years. They will probably account for close to 90% of all marriages by 2025. People that are planning to get married should look into the benefits and plan accordingly.

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Green Tech Start-Ups: Are they the Future?



Endless innovations are occurring in green companies, reinventing the industries they belong to. Gradually, they are beginning to amass more success and popularity. Consequently, these factors serve as a good indicator for green technology businesses, and their development must begin somewhere.

Green tech start-ups boast a wide array of opportunities for the economy and environment, while boosting recruitment openings with valuable services. While the technology industry is littered with high revenues and competition, the green tech start-ups are the clear sign of a cleaner future.

Fulfilling a Genuine Need

Many tech companies will market themselves as the ultimate tech giants to shift stock and make profit. As they all vie for attention through warped corporate rhetoric, there is only one ethical winner; the start-up green tech company.

Some argue that mainstream tech businesses have grown far too big, branching out into other industries and standing between the consumer and practically everything they do. However, green tech start-ups go beyond the shallow ambitions of a company, answering a call to sincerely help the customer and climate in any way they can. Of course, this is an attractive business model, putting customers at ease as they contribute to a humanitarian cause that is genuine through and through.

After all, empathy is a striking trait to have in business, and green tech start-ups maintain this composure by their very nature and purpose.

Creating Opportunities

Despite the pursuits for clean energy still needing more awareness, green tech is an area that is ripe for contribution and expansion. There’s no need to copy another company or be a business of cheap knockoffs; green tech start-ups can add a new voice to the economy by being fresh, fearless and entrepreneurial.

Technology is at its most useful when it breaks new ground, an awe that eco-friendly innovations have by default in their operations. Of course, green tech start-ups have the chance to build on this foundation and create harmony instead of climate crisis. Ultimately, the tech advancements are what revolutionise clean energy as more than an activist niche, putting theory into practice.

Despite the US gradually becoming more disengaged with green technology, others such as China and Canada recognise the potential in green technology for creating jobs and growth in their respective economies. The slack of others spurs them on, which creates a constant influx of prospects for the green tech sector. Put simply, their services are always required, able to thrive from country to country.

A Fundamental Foresight

Mainstream technology can seem repetitive and dull, tinkering with what has come before rather than turning tech on its head. Since 2011, technology has been accused of stagnation, something which the internet and petty app services seem to disguise in short reaching ideas of creativity.

However, green tech start-ups aren’t just winging it, and operate with a roadmap of climate change in the years ahead to strategize accordingly. In other words, they aren’t simply looking to make a quick profit by sticking to a trend, but have the long-term future in mind. Consequently, the green tech start-up will be there from the very start, building up from the foundational level to only grow as more and more people inevitably go green.

They can additionally forecast their finances too, with the ability to access online platforms despite the differing levels of experience, keeping them in the loop. Consequently, with an eye for the future, green tech startups are the ones who will eventually usher in the new era.

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