The West Lawn at Compton Verney – Just a Lawn?

A photographic walk to introduce the West Lawn at Compton Verney… More to see than you’d think!

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Looking over the west lawn from sculpture terrace

Steps leading down to west front of mansion, and to the lawn... the chapel overlooks proceedings. (c) Compton Verney / Gary Webb

Steps leading down to west front of mansion, and to the lawn… the chapel overlooks proceedings.

Moving clockwise around the lawn, a close-mown area is used for games and events. (c) Compton Verney / Gary Webb

Moving clockwise around the lawn, a close-mown area is used for games and events.

Nestled inside the lime tree group, we’re looking past ‘Eve’, by Rodin, which is here until the end of August 2014. The dense carpet of winter aconites have set seed, and the sward conceals the Georgian footpath, soon to be restored, which cuts through the grove.

Continuing on the clockwise circular stroll, we're now looking out of the lime trees again across a picnic area, and will head between the mature Cedar trees.

Continuing on the clockwise circular stroll, we’re now looking out of the lime trees again across a picnic area, and will head between the mature Cedar trees.

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And to the farthest corner from the sculpture terrace, where we turn, looking directly past the south front of the mansion past Rodin’s ‘Burghers of Calais’, John Frankland’s ‘Untitled Boulder’, and on to the Brownian parkland.

On to the next 'corner' where we turn to see the temporary  'runway' we mow to facilitate larger scale events, yet with a change in event management, we may be able to return this to wild flower studded lawn soon.

On to the next ‘corner’ where we turn to see the temporary ‘runway’ we mow to facilitate larger scale events, yet with a change in event management, we may be able to return this to wild flower studded lawn soon.

Continuing along the circular route to the left...

Continuing along the circular route to the left…

We stroll past the busy honey bees to our left, who are thriving on the floral diversity across the whole site, and fields beyond.

We stroll past the busy honey bees to our left, who are thriving on the floral diversity across the whole site, and fields beyond.

Before descending gradually to arrive at the west front.

Before descending gradually to arrive at the west front.

A calming walk indeed, taking in some of the classic views as intended by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. The mansion is posed in a tranquil oasis that changes throughout the season as we let the sward grow. There’s a good variety of wild flower plants to see, buttercups being visible above, although the grass remains competitive until our yearly cut and removal starts to take effect. There has been a small but successful amount of wild-flower planting, but of course we wish to improve on this. If you are able to visit Compton Verney, please make sure you take time to wander along the mown circular path, to enjoy those views both near and far. Gary

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