The Queen may be celebrating her 90th birthday, but there’s also another notable anniversary in 2016 which celebrates England’s heritage.
This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of England’s greatest gardener, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.
‘Capability’ Brown is best known for designing gardens and landscapes at some of the country’s grandest stately homes including Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth, Highclere Castle, Burghley and Weston Park.
In the 19th century he transformed landscapes across England using a natural style now considered quintessentially English, and introduced contouring hills, serpentine lakes and strategically-placed specimen trees.
Brown is associated with approximately 260 sites, and by the time he died in 1783, 4,000 gardens had been landscaped according to his principles.
To celebrate Brown’s landmark anniversary and the country’s many gardens, Visit England is promoting 2016 as the ‘Year of the English Garden’.
As part of the celebrations, there is a nationwide Capability Brown Festival which aims to encourage people to visit, learn about and enjoy Brown’s landscapes.
Throughout the year there are opportunities to visit over 150 Brown gardens and landscapes in England, including some sites not usually open to visitors.
There is also the National Gardens Festival Weekend in June which is a two-day event with around 380 gardens across England open to the public in a friendly setting.
For avid gardeners or those farming fruit and vegetables, Analox recognises the growing need for gas monitoring solutions in the horticulture industry and have developed products to support the cultivation of crops.
Farmers of crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers etc use a carbon dioxide (CO2) optimisation programme to increase photosynthesis which makes crops flourish and increase yield and profitability. The levels of CO2 need to be monitored to ensure an optimal environment and protect horticulturalists from the increased level of this dangerous gas.
Horticulturalists also use Controlled Atmosphere Storage (CAS) which is a precise control of oxygen (O2), nitrogen (N), CO2 and ethylene (C2H4) in order to preserve fresh fruit and vegetables and to enhance ripening. These atmospheres can be flammable, explosive, toxic and O2 deficient and pose a risk of nausea, dizziness and asphyxia.
Analox provide a range of products to monitor these gases to ensure ensure the best environment for a great yield and more importantly the safety of those farming crops.
To find out about more about all of the events celebrating the Year of the English Garden, check out the Visit England website.