Capability Brown’s garden, Fenstanton Manor, Cambridgeshire, UK.

When the father of landscape architecture, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown retired, he was gifted by the Earl of Northumberland with the manor and manor house of Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire.

Two weeks before leaving the UK to move to Greece, the then owners of the manor asked me to design a ‘Brownian’ garden design for their young family.

As I left the country shortly after submitting the design, I have no idea whether the scheme was implemented.

With the tercentenary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown we should consider whether our contemporary landscapes will survive the test of time, and whether we are long-term planning for future generations.