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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News -

Vis­i­tors to the John Clare Cot­tage and garden will be able to en­joy the sur­round­ings that in­spired the area’s most fa­mous poet with the help of a do­na­tion from the Anglia Co­op­er­a­tive Com­mu­nity Fund.

The Peter­bor­ough re­tail co- op­er­a­tive’s ‘ com­mu­nity chest’ has funded a spe­cial­ly­de­signed bench for the cot­tage garden at Help­ston, John Clare’s birth­place and home.

The bench was cre­ated by wood­carver David Rawl­ings, from Emp­ing­ham, who made the­fur­ni­ture­forthe­goldmedal win­ning John Clare Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.

It is in­scribed with the words‘ fields weretheessence of the song’, a line from Clare’s poem‘ The­p­rogress of rhyme’, which cap­tures the in­spi­ra­tion hedrew­forhis­work­from the fields around Help­ston.

Cot­tageTrust­deputy­man- ager Chris Kemp said: “Vis­i­tors will have a quiet place to sit and­con­tem­plate their sur­round­ings.”

Pic­tured are ( left to right) Dou­glasBoy­all­fromtheco- op, wood carver David Rawl­ings andChrisKemp, DeputyMan­ager of the John Clare Trust.

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