The landscape at Compton Verney remains largely as set out by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown from c.1768 and was commissioned by John Peyto-Verney, 14th Baron Willoughbty de Broke. Today, the historic setting plays host to Compton Verney House Trust: an art gallery and park of international repute.
In a shallow valley setting, the Robert Adam improved mansion and its linked buildings command the central view, around which sits characteristic Brownian scenery of mature woodland belts, acres of lawn and parkland and a central serpentine waterway with classical bridges. Just across the lake from the gallery is the Ice House Coppice which, complete with its restored path network is a place where wildlife and horticulture vie for attention, with birdsong a constant backdrop. It is within the Ice House Coppice that our Silent Space can be found.
The Silent Space
From 2019, a grassy clearing in Compton Verney’s historic Ice House Coppice has been labelled as Silent Space. The space, an oasis of tranquility, offers shelter, filtered sunlight and, apart from visitors passing on the nearby footpath, or a distant passing car, remains a space that is peaceful and serene. The space is bordered by mature oak trees, a towering Wellingtonia and an Indian Bean Tree. Tucked away in shrubbery hollows are habitat piles and a range of bird and bat boxes. Ornamental planting has been returning to this area for some time, and will continue to develop as this area finds a new use in the form of Silent Space.
Image © Compton Verney
- Web link: www.comptonverney.org.uk
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