Stamps seal Brown’s tercentenary year
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