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Conference to celebrate Lancelot 'Capability' Brown’s work in Essex

17 March 2016

A one-day conference is set to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and the contribution the renowned landscape architect made to the gardens of historic houses in Essex.
Place Services, a leading provider of integrated environmental assessment, planning, design and management services based within Essex County Council, has organised the conference on Tuesday, 24 May at St Mark’s College, Audley End, as part of the Capability Brown Festival 2016, which celebrates Brown’s work.
The conference will focus on Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s contributions to designed landscapes in Essex and explore the wider issues of the understanding, management and restoration of designed landscapes in the county and beyond.
Essex County Councillor Mick Page, Deputy Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “It is important we celebrate the life of someone who not only designed and influenced our English landscapes but gives pleasure to so many gardeners, designers, tourists and day trippers.”
The conference will include a keynote session by garden historian and author Dr Twigs Way, and talks by Dr Sarah Rutherford, author of the recently published book, Capability Brown: Father of Landscape Gardens, as well as local experts.
The conference costs £45 (excluding VAT) with a light lunch provided and will give delegates the opportunity to learn how Capability Brown changed the face of eighteenth century England, designing country estates and landscapes that remain influential to this day.
For full details on the conference or to find out more about the courses and workshops Place Services run visit