Welcome to this ‘March’ article, the third in a series of posts which aim to review, through photographs, twelve months of activity in and around the diverse landscape of Compton Verney. It’s a historic landscape that has seen much change, from the shaping of the areas as new plants establish to the visual delight gained from one of a number of artistic interactions.
There are huge changes in the atmosphere from the busiest of open days to quiet days when just bird song can be heard. Either way, visually the landscape changes minute by minute and it’s wonderful to be there to experience it – and on occasion capture an image or two!
Links to other months will be added at the bottom of the page, but for now, I hope you enjoy ‘March – The landscape at Compton Verney’ :
March presented some foggy, atmospheric days which in their own right can be really special – if a little hard to capture on camera! © Compton Verney / Gary Webb
Warmth from the March sunshine is, as always very welcome, bursting here into the coppice. © Compton Verney / Gary Webb
With the spring sunshine of course came visitors to the Moore Rodin exhibition. It was fascinating to see a ‘desire line’ develop between the sculptures as people moved through the exhibits. However, with a particularly good growing season developing, the grass grew rapidly ensuring good repair – all remained green and pleasant! © Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2014
Those who visited Compton Verney during the fairer months of 2014 will have encountered ‘the twelfth plinth,’ which proved a real success, allowing visitors to strike their own sculptural pose – although I can’t figure out which pose this is! © Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2014
Whilst the lawn areas were busy with visitors, work continued elsewhere in the grounds with some coppicing work shown here (+ follow up bonfire!) There’s a handful of areas that have become overgrown with bland, lifeless soil beneath. We’re continually improving these shrubbery areas with selective cutting back and re-planting. In time they will become more interesting themselves; helping ultimately to control views to key vistas in the landscape. © Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2014
During 2014 mowing became something of a challenge – a noisy ride-on mower not adding anything positive when quietly contemplating sculpture! Adam found a way through the issue however, keeping the lawns looking as good as ever throughout the exhibition. In this image, the rock presents an altogether different obstacle! © Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2014
A lone plum blossoms in the coppice, although fruit once again failed to appear in any quantity. The recent planting also put on good growth during 2014 as roots are finally starting to make themselves at home. Additional plants are planned for 2015 to further enhance this area. © Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2014
Of course, with much of the grounds focus towards those impressive sculptures, it would be easy to overlook the background efforts towards the Heritage Lottery funding project called Re-Viewing the Landscape, a key part of which is the restoration of the chapel. Much work was happening behind the scenes to detail and cost the project, and also to raise the all-important match funding; without which the project couldn’t move forward – a mammoth achievement for the development team indeed. © Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2014
And one final image for March, showing just one of the countless photographic opportunities created with the sculpture in the landscape. New picture opportunities were created all over the grounds and I can’t imagine how many pictures were taken over the course of the exhibition – thousands for sure! © Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2014
March 2014 was wonderfully refreshing after all the hard work of February, but the season was there for enjoying and on the whole, the winter had been kind. What will the weather gods bring this year I wonder?!
Regards, Gary Webb, Head of Landscape & Garden at Compton Verney.
January – The Landscape at Compton Verney
February – The Landscape at Compton Verney