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Norfolk connections of landscape gardener Humphry Repton

Bicentenary of death of Humphry Repton, pictured.  Pictures: Supplied by Broadland Council

Bicentenary of death of Humphry Repton, pictured. Pictures: Supplied by Broadland Council

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North Norfolk will mark the launch of nationwide celebrations on the bicentenary of the death of Humphry Repton, who succeeded Capability Brown as Britain’s greatest landscape gardener.

Bicentenary of death of Humphry Repton. His grave in Aylsham. Pictures: Supplied by Broadland Council Bicentenary of death of Humphry Repton. His grave in Aylsham. Pictures: Supplied by Broadland Council

Born in Bury St Edmunds in April 1752, he attended Norwich Grammar School, and first worked as a landscape gardener at Catton Park in Norwich. He was buried at St Michael and All Angels Church in Aylsham in March 1818.

To mark the bicentenary of his death, a programme of events, called Repton 200, celebrating his life and work have been planned in Norfolk and around the country.

His works included Tatton Park and Woburn Abbey, and he was the first to coin the term landscape gardening.

The Gardens Trust is co-ordinating the national celebrations, which start in March 2018, and include the Repton Season organised by Aylsham and District Team Ministry, Aylsham Town Council, community groups and Broadland District Council.

Trust chairman Dr James Bartos said: “Humphry Repton designed around 400 landscapes across the country, many of which remain much-loved historic gardens.

“His picturesque designs featured terraces, gravel walks and flower beds around the house, as well as themed flower gardens.

“Next year will see a host of events celebrating his enduring influence, and drawing attention to gardens which need help to survive.”

Events in Norfolk include a history workshop with Dr Tom Williamson, professor of landscape history and archaeology at the University of East Anglia, a Repton 200 Memorial Choral Evensong, a Humphry Repton Memorial Lecture with Professor Stephen Daniels of the University of Nottingham and a Red Book competition involving pupils from local schools.

Karen Vincent, member champion for heritage at Broadland District Council, said: “We are lucky as a district to have links to such an important and fascinating figure.

“Repton’s work remains on show throughout the country, with his first work being here in Broadland at Catton Park.

“We would encourage anyone interested in one of the country’s most important landscape gardeners to come and help us celebrate his achievements in the spring.”

To find out more, visit www.humphryrepton.org.uk or follow #Repton200 on Twitter.

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