Help recreate award-winning garden at Clare Cottage…

A garden designer is appealing for volunteers to help him recreate his award-winning garden at the John Clare Cottage in Helpston.

Adam Frost from Stamford won a gold award in the 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show for his entry, A Rural Muse, inspired by the walks of local peasant poet John Clare.

He’s planning to install the design, which includes stone boulders and an oak-framed shelter, into the garden of John Clare’s childhood home.


Work on this exciting project is due to begin in April and volunteers from the local community and beyond are invited to get involved from early May.

All the plants for the garden were raised at Barnsdale Gardens near Stamford, and all the other products were sourced as locally as possible, to maintain the feel of the countryside which inspired John Clare.

Sara Blair-Manning, Chief Executive of the John Clare Trust – the charity which runs the John Clare Cottage – said she believed the garden would attract more people to the cottage.

“We are delighted that Clare’s landscapes and life experiences have been translated into a beautifully planted and designed garden and we cannot wait for it to be recreated here for visitors to enjoy.

“We hope it will inspire more people to find out about Clare, his life and his surroundings and attract more visitors to the Peterborough area.”

So, if you have a few hours to spare, plus a spade or trowel, please contact Clare Cottage on 01733 253330 for more information about the garden planting. (Light refreshments will be provided).

A garden launch event party is due to be held at the Cottage on Saturday July 13.


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