The National Trust has started a project called Outdoor Nation to examine the British public’s relationship with the outdoors.
Have we lost touch with nature? What benefits do we get from being outdoors that we cannot get through other experiences?
Croome Court, in Worcestershire, is a great example of a designed landscape that allows people to reconnect with nature.
It was created by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown during the second half of the eighteenth century for George William Coventry, later the sixth Earl of Coventry.
Croome established Brown’s reputation as the creator of the new English landscape style garden. Robert Adam and James Wyatt also contributed various garden buildings.
In the 1940s an RAF airbase was built on the estate, and in 1948 the house was sold off. In 1996 the National Trust acquired the heart of the estate, with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and began to restore the landscape.
The house has recently been acquired by the Croome Heritage Trust, which is working with the National Trust to allow visitors to experience Croome as a whole once again.