Just a short post with my latest images showing progress with our Heritage Lottery Funded project to re-view the landscape at Compton Verney.
Chapel Bank: Arranged a little tidy last week, and more is needed, but the Verbena bonariensis is still flowering beautifully so I’m loathed to do anything just yet. The plants are knitting together really well now, but time will come to sort out what is and isn’t working well – more of this to come.
West Lawn: Much has happened over the last month. Having to retain the wild flower area until the exhibition closed, as could have been expected, pushed us into poorer weather and so the hay cut was completed in less than ideal conditions. Too much herby growth was left in situ, which isn’t great for wild flowers, so we flail mowed then Adam took to the worse areas with the trusty knapsack blower, collecting as much grassy debris as we could. It certainly smartened up the lawn, which is already greening nicely and the wild flowers now have a fighting chance. Continue reading
Well, if you’re wondering why posts from the Compton Verney grounds blog have been few and far between lately, then a certain Heritage Lottery Fund project could be the reason! In all seriousness, our ‘Re-viewing the Landscape‘ project, after many months of planning and preparation, is finally seeing action on the ground.
© Compton Verney/Gary Webb 2015
© Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2014
I’ve been looking forward to finishing the year with a flourish, and with festive spirit abounding at the moment, it wasn’t long before my idea was set – with a plan to add a splash of colour to a pre-Christmas article! I hope you like them – a few frozen decorations snapped in the aptly named ‘Ice’ House Coppice.
On Monday this week I ventured down to the capital for a workshop with a difference, titled New Ways of Looking at Brown. ‘Capability’ Brown was the subject of course, around which we learned from a range of speakers of some of the diverse projects that are springing up, with encouragement from the CB300 festival committee.
New Ways of Looking at Brown