Stamps seal Brown’s ter­cente­nary year

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oyal MAIL has is­sued a set of eight stamps to cel­e­brate the 300th an­niver­sary of Ca­pa­bil­ity Brown’s birth. The revered land­scape de­signer was born in 1716 in the vil­lage of Kirkharle, Northum­ber­land, where records show he was bap­tised on Au­gust 30. The son of a yeo­man farmer, he showed a tal­ent for gar­den de­sign; he be­gan as un­der-gar­dener to Wil­liam Kent at Stowe and was head gar­dener by the time he left in 1751.

Stowe, where he cre­ated the Gre­cian Val­ley, fea­tures on a stamp, as do other es­tates where

Rhe cre­ated mag­i­cal land­scapes: Blen­heim Palace, Lon­gleat, High­clere, Al­nwick, Comp­ton Ver­ney, Ber­ring­ton Hall and his first in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sion, Croome Park. The set is avail­able for sale through the Royal Mail’s on­line shop (http://shop.royal­mail.com) for £7.14.

The Wildlife Habi­tat Trust has launched a con­ser­va­tion stamp to raise funds and help sup­port wild­fowl­ing. The £5 stamp, by artist Alas­tair Proud, por­trays pin­tail fly­ing over the Dee es­tu­ary and is avail­able from www. wht.org.uk

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