The Capabability to have fun and learn

Kirkharle Courtyard
Kirkharle Courtyard

Capability Brown, believed to be England’s greatest landscape designer, was the subject of a visit by children from Ashington’s Church of England Academy’s William Leech Campus this week.

The children descended upon Kirkharle, near Ponteland, to enjoy the full Capability Brown experience.

This included a guided walk to St Wilfrid’s Church where he was baptised, special stories and a wander round the lake which he designed.

Yesterday’s visit (July 6) was a whole new experience for this group of 25, seven-year-old children, as principal director primary Melanie Hinson explained.

“We are delighted that it has been possible to bring so many children to visit and enjoy Kirkharle, particularly during the 300th anniversary year of Capability Brown’s birth.

“Our thanks must go to the William Leech Trust, for making these visits possible.

“The entire experience of Brown, his life at Kirkharle and the link to England’s great houses and their landscapes is a wonderful social history lesson for the children to absorb, especially in these surroundings.

Kirkharle’s Kitty Anderson added: “We encourage school groups to come here. With the help of our storyteller, ‘Capability Brown’ and a little imagination, children can be transported to another time and place.”