In February ½ term holiday Redfern’s Cottage project staff and volunteers ran a special event launching a competition to re-design the beautiful courtyard garden at the back of the museum. The garden was originally designed in 1989 and created in memory of local councillor Stuart Miles who was very active in setting up the Uttoxeter Heritage Centre, which was the forerunner to Redfern’s Cottage at 34-36 Carter Street.

Since then it has received a makeover by Redfern’s Cottage volunteers following the Uttoxeter Heritage Trust’s takeover in 2010 and with the help of the Uttoxeter in Bloom funding through the town council. It is home to trees such as a Vibernum, fruit, herbs and vegetables such has Pineapple sage, Logan berries and beetroot and has been enjoyed by thousands of visitors over the past 27 years.

This year we’re re-designing our garden to make it even more interesting and fun for our visitors. We’d like to invite you to have a go at redesigning it and winning entries will receive a goody bag of Uttoxeter and Redfern’s Cottage souvenirs including one of our exclusive mugs. We will use elements from the winning entries in the final design which will be unveiled along with our new museum and visitor centre in March 2017. Visit our Facebook page to download and print our form and return it to us by the 9th April.

“We look forward to seeing your ideas and discovering what plants and features you’d like to see. The garden has always been completely free to enter and we welcome anyone who wishes to take advantage of the benches and picnic tables available to eat their lunch in a sunny courtyard rather than stuck behind a desk” said Hon. Curator Laura Wigg-Bailey.

Following the Heritage Lottery funded museum re-development visitors will also be able to enjoy the garden over a hot cup of Fairtrade tea or coffee as the project includes a small café being launched in the new visitor centre.