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ST. MODWEN TO MARK 300TH BIRTHDAY OF CAPABILITY BROWN AT THE TRENTHAM ESTATE

St. Modwen Properties, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, is today announcing the next phase of restoration works in its Capability Brown Restoration Project at the Trentham Estate.

As part of a wider project to revitalise the influence of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown at Trentham, St. Modwen, which manages and runs the Trentham Estate, will be restoring the connection between the upper west side of the lake, the best surviving element of Brown’s work in the gardens, and the 18th century parkland.

This work will open up vistas to the park, allowing the introduction of typical Brownian grazing land and provide an opportunity to reinvigorate the Barefoot Walk and enhance play and trail experiences. Trial planting for a new meadow and woodland schemes will also commence in the West Wood this Autumn.

Restoration works will commence in early October, starting on the upper west side of the lake. The first phase of work will involve the removal of inappropriate woodland planting that currently obscures the connection between the park and the lake. This will restore the view of the Kings Wood, revealing Brown’s original landscape, including the historic Red Woods, a number of Brownian-age trees and Brown’s triple-tunnel Georgian Boat House and Georgian Ice House. Tree and stump removal should be completed by the school Christmas holidays on 19th December, weather permitting.

To minimise disruption to visitors, work will take place between Monday and Friday and will cease during October Half Term. During this period, the circular lakeside walk will be open but re-routed away from the lower lake path along the section where work is being undertaken.

The Capability Brown Restoration Project at The Trentham Estate is being carried out to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown’s birth, which will take place in 2016. Having worked on the landscape at The Trentham Estate between 1716 and 1783, Capability Brown helped to shape the lake and surrounding parkland.

Mike Herbert, Regional Director at St. Modwen, said: “The latest restoration works are a celebration of Capability Brown’s original vision for Trentham and are part of St. Modwen’s ongoing commitment to the long-term future of The Estate. The Capability Brown Restoration Project will enhance visitor’s perception of the scale and grandeur of Trentham’s historic landscape. We look forward to seeing the transformation of the west side of the lake and sharing Capability Brown’s influence on Trentham with our many visitors.”