Young designer in ‘Capability’ challenge
A STUDENT landscape architect has been given the job of creating a new design for a prestigious showground.
Jonathan Emery, 20, from Macclesfield and a student at Sheffield University, has been chosen to come up with a new plan for the Great Yorkshire Showground.
He has been tasked with producing a design which would be worthy of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the designer who is credited with creating the style which has shaped people’s picture of the quintessential English countryside.
Jonathan’s design is part of a nationwide festival celebrating the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown, whose work includes the gardens at Blenheim Palace and Harewood House.
Jonathan, who is a third year landscape architecture student, said: “I have tried to view the showground as Brown would have seen it and applied his principles to show people what he might have done with the site if he had been commissioned to do the job.
“Capability Brown is the forefather of landscape architecture in this country and his holistic view of the landscape, using the existing countryside to define sweeping, naturalistic designs, still very much applies today.”
●● Landscape architecture student Jonathan Emery