250-year-old plans to be carried out

The 250-year-old plans of one of the worlds greatest ever landscape gardeners are set to be carried out near the place where he was born.

At some point in the 18th century, Lancelot Capability Brown had a vision for the Kirkharle estate in Northumberland.

Putting his vision to paper, he later went on to become a legendary gardener, but his plans for the Kirkharle estate lay untouched until more than 200 years after his death.

Now landowner John Anderson is looking to raise funds to see Browns vision through.

If the project goes ahead, the estates 100 acres will be home to up to 4,000 new trees.

Mr Anderson told the Independent that the plans clearly reflected Browns faith in nature.

"Brown was a great believer in highlighting nature as it is rather than as something artificial. He didnt believe in formal gardens," he said.

"He wanted to make something much more natural and part of the landscape – to create something pleasing to the eyes and exciting; to make people go round the corner to enjoy the view."

Brown, who later worked at the Royal Horticultural Society gardens in Kew, died in 1783.