Poet-in­spired gar­den wins a Chelsea gold

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By MATTHEW REVILLE matthew.reville@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et_reville

THE gar­den Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil has pin­pointed to bring to the city has won its de­signer a gold award at the pres­ti­gious Chelsea Flower Show.

Adam Frost, from Stam­ford, has won his fourth gold at the Chelsea Flower Show for his en­try “A Ru­ral Muse”.

The city coun­cil has expressed an in­ter­est in buy­ing the gar­den, how­ever it could very well end up in Clare Cot­tage, Help­ston, as Mr Frost’s en­try was in­spired by the walks of the peas­ant poet John Clare.

Adam, of Ma­son Drive, Stam­ford, said: “I’m over­whelmed. Chelsea is the big­gest event of the gar­den­ing cal­en­dar and to win gold for a show gar­den is about as good as it gets.

“It has been a re­ally tough year, first with the drought and then the cold spring.

“Work on the gar­den went right down to the wire but it has all been worth it now.”

Sara Blair-man­ning, chief ex­ec­u­tive for the John Clare Trust, hopes the gar­den will pro­mote in­ter­est in the John Clare Cot­tage her­itage cen­tre.

She said: “We are de­lighted that Clare’s land­scapes and life ex­pe­ri­ences have been trans­lated into a beau­ti­fully planted and de­signed gar­den.

“We hope peo­ple will be in­spired to find out more about Clare, his life and his sur­round­ings and will visit the Peter­bor­ough area with all the won­der­ful her­itage and coun­try­side that it has to of­fer.

“The Chelsea Flower Show is a fan­tas­tic plat­form for the trust and the cot­tage, as well as John Clare him­self and his po­etry.

“We see it as a re­ally good spring­board for Peter­bor­ough, and hope­fully in­spir­ing this great gar­den will make more peo­ple aware of his re­la­tion­ship with the city.

“Our in­ten­tion is to have the gar­den at Clare Cot­tage and we have been in con­sul­ta­tion with the gar- den de­signer about that for around a year.”

Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil had also expressed an in­ter­est in buy­ing the gar­den for £47,000 af­ter the ex­hi­bi­tion fin­ishes.

Marco Cer­este said: “I’m de­lighted to hear that the gar­den has been awarded gold.

“We are still keen to bring the gar­den to the city and we’re ac­tively try­ing to se­cure some pri­vate fund­ing so that we can do this with­out im­pact­ing the public purse.”

The Chelsea Flower Show runs un­til Fri­day at Royal Hospi­tal, Chelsea, and will have an es­ti­mated 200,000 vis­i­tors.

Mr Frost was not the only lo­cal suc­cess story, af­ter So­phie All­port from Langtoft was awarded a “Certificate of Com­men­da­tion” for her kitchen­ware stand.

She said: “The busi­ness is so ex­cited to be ex­hibit­ing at the show again and to re­ceive an ac­co­lade like this is amaz­ing. We won a certificate in 2011 too so we’re ab­so­lutely de­lighted to win again.”

WIN­NER: Langtoft’s So­phie All­port was com­mended for her kitchen­ware stand.

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