Historic Houses Association launches Capability Brown site ahead of Titchmarsh TV programme

The Historic Houses Association has launched a digital window on to 18 of England's greatest Capability Brown landscapes, and is calling for visual contributions from visitors.


The new microsite showcases HHA Member landscapes designed in the 18th century by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the father of landscape architecture, and is live at www.hhacapabilitybrown.co.uk.

This new site provides the opportunity for visitors to the gardens to see their own photos featured on the homepage. Images can be submitted on Twitter using the hashtag #HHACapabilityBrown and will be uploaded and credited. Visitors’ photos will appear alongside the beautiful images of these striking landscapes taken by professional photographers.

The microsite profiles landscapes such as those at Blenheim Palace and Chatsworth House, alongside less well-known locations around the UK such as Kirkharle in Northumberland, Brown’s birthplace and childhood home.

The microsite launch coincides with a three part documentary series Titchmarsh on Capability Brown’, the first of which is broadcast on September 17 on More4. The documentary is presented by Alan Titchmarsh and explores the life and work of Brown, his horticultural hero. The series will also explore the implementation of Brown’s plans for HHA Member Belvoir Castle, almost 300 years after their original design.

All HHA Members featured on the new microsite are taking part in the Capability Brown Festival in 2016 - a nationwide celebration of the 300th anniversary of Brown’s birth. The UK’s largest festival of its kind to date and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Festival will increase public access to the sites Brown created and visitors will discover more about his work. 

HHA director general Nick Way said: "Our new microsite gives people a real sense of the breath-taking beauty of the Brown landscapes cared for by HHA Members, waiting to be explored in person. HHA Members own over a third of Brown’s remaining landscapes, and this microsite will continue to grow and evolve as members become involved in the festival."

Visitors who would like to see their photos of HHA Members’ Capability Brown landscapes featured on the new website, can Tweet them to @Historic_Houses #HHACapabilityBrown.

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