Oakham In Bloom was formed in August 1997 – the committee consists entirely of volunteers and works in partnership with Oakham Town Council, Rutland County Council, schools and youth groups, voluntary organisations, residents and businesses.
The committee and the gardening and fundraising volunteers strive to:
- improve the environment for people who visit, work and live in Oakham;
- reduce graffiti, vandalism and litter;
- encourage the community to plant and care for flowers, trees and shrubs;
We are involved in many projects around the town all year round, from planting baskets, containers and beds to bigger challenges such as the bypass roundabouts.
Together with Oakham Town Council, Oakham Town Partnership, Rutland County Council and many other organisations, schools and businesses, Oakham In Bloom has taken on numerous projects, large and small, since its foundation, from the pretty rose beds on Burley Road to the Rutland County Museum garden and the Prairie Garden at the Library.
As well as our own projects, we are keen to support other organisations in floral and environmental projects, such as school vegetable gardens and The Woodland Trust’s Gorse Field Wood, Harris Grove & Ball’s Meadow.
We also support other local and national organisations with similar aims, including the Rutland Beekeepers Association and The Woodland Trust.
Each year we enter Oakham in the East Midlands In Bloom competition – such a fantastic way to reward the efforts of all our volunteers and supporters. Success in East Midlands In Bloom invites us to the Britain In Bloom competition for the following year.
We also organise local awards each year, with residents and businesses competing for best gardens and floral displays – an awards ceremony is held every September.
Become a volunteer – no matter how much time you can spare, you are welcome to join us as a volunteer gardener or fundraising volunteer (or both!). Contact us for further information or to be added to the mailing list for working parties.