Park heritage is celebrated during 300th anniversary of Capability Brown

Ampthill Park.
Ampthill Park.

The famous landscaper Capability Brown will be celebrated this year at Ampthill Park where he worked during the 1770s.

The Heritage Lottery Parks for People project is well under way and this year marks 300 years since the birth of Brown, who was responsible for most of the park’s landscaping.

Among a number of events there will be three Capability Brown guided tour days hosted by the Friends of Ampthill Park, which will explain feature he created.

These will be held on Saturday, April 16, Tuesday, June 21 and Sunday, September 18. The walks are free and run from 10am until 4pm, starting from the west car park every half hour, and last for around one hour. A display and cream teas and refreshment will also be available.

On Wednesday, May 11, there will be an illustrated lecture by Sir Timothy Clifford entitled Brown in Ampthill: The Patron, the House, and the Park at the Connolly Rooms, Redborne School, 7.30pm to 8.00pm. Tickets are £8 and include a pre talk drink.

A theatrical production Brown: The Eye Catcher, by John Cob, will be presented at Parkside Hall on September 16. Tickets are £10.

Tickets for the illustrated talk and theatrical show will be available for sale at the Ampthill Town Council Offices, The Park Hub, Fairies and Frogs and Waitrose.

For more information contact l.measures@ampthilltowncouncil.org.uk or call 01525 404355.

Ampthill Park is owned and managed by the town council and maintained by the Greensand Trust Rangers.

The Heritage Lottery Parks for People grant has enabled the council to restore many of the park’s views and vistas that had been lost by encroaching scrub and trees and also to restore the lowland acid grassland habitat that is rare in Bedfordshire.