The Capability Brown Festival could not have been the success that it was without the incredible contributions by hundreds of volunteers throughout 2016. From curating exhibitions to planning conferences, running children's activities and leading landscape tours, the enthusiasm and expertise of Festival volunteers provided the power and energy to deliver projects and events on the ground.
In fact, over 17,126 days of volunteer time has been contributed (and we aren't finished counting yet!).
One of the most significant achievements has been the contribution of volunteers to uncovering and sharing new knowledge about Capability Brown's life and work. By undertaking research on behalf of the Festival about specific Brown sites, volunteer researchers have been able to fill in some of the gaps in knowledge about particular sites' connection to Brown. Research undertaken by County Gardens Trusts and NADFAS volunteers has resulted in the publication of previously unknown knowledge, contributing data for 179 Brown sites published to the Parks and Gardens UK database. New knowledge about several Brown sites has been uncovered or expanded, and this contributed to an increases in signifiance on Historic England's National Heritage List for England.
A number of our partner organisations deserve a special mention for incredible contributions.
- The Embroiderers' Guild held 46 Brown-inspired exhibition, 19 of which were at Brown sites. 1,200 members from 80 branches completed 1,500 pieces of work including 15 group pieces. Several hundred thousand visitors to Brown sites discovered the creative possibilities of contemporary embroidery, or visited for the embroidery and discovered the glories of a Capability Brown landscape. The Embroiderers' Guild welcomes everyone with an interest in any area of embroidery and pride themselves on being recognised as a voice for raising the profile of textile and stitched art.
- The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) organised at least 150 Brown-related events nationally and internationally during the Festival year. NADFAS facilitates the study, conservation and promotion of the decorative and fine arts with over 300 societies and 90,000 members worldwide.
- The Gardens Trust and County Gardens Trusts have delved into archives, created exhibitions, run a host of events and made huge contributions to the success of the Festival. If you would like to support the charitable objectives of The Gardens Trust and the conservation of historic parks and gardens, consider joining the only national charity dedicated to the research and conservation of designed landscapes in England and Wales and to campaigning on their behalf. County and Country Gardens Trusts are independent charities engaged in caring for gardens and designed landscapes and are members of The Gardens Trust.