Oakham In Bloom have completed one of their largest projects to date by completely renovating the All Saints Church Memorial Garden.
With shrubs and trees taking over the garden, and struggling as a result of becoming cramped and restricted, parishioners were keen to redesign the garden to provide a tranquil area for remembrance of loved ones.
Oakham In Bloom volunteers were delighted to take on the project, which was funded by Oakham Memorial Institute, a generous donation from a parishioner, and Oakham In Bloom.
Work began several weeks ago with Oakham In Bloom arranging for the old shrubs, trees and plants to carefully be removed without affecting the church building, and we are very grateful to Paint It or Plant It for carrying out this work.
A new design was created and last weekend the Oakham In Bloom volunteers, together with parishioners, completed the planting.
Volunteers and parishioners are very much looking forward to Spring, when the planting will start to flourish, creating the peaceful haven that families wish for.
The Memorial Garden will continue to be cared for under Oakham In Bloom’s regular maintenance sessions.
At the East Midlands In Bloom ceremony on Wednesday 14 September, a number of special awards were given in recognition of individuals’ outstanding achievements, in addition to Oakham’s overall Silver Gilt award.
Michael Young was awarded Bronze in the Frank Constable Award for best residential garden.
The Wheatsheaf and Lands’ End both received Gold for Best Hotel or Pub Garden and Best Retail/Commercial Premises, with Les Dalby receiving a Judge’s Award for the ‘immaculately maintained gardens’ at Lands’ End.
In the Best School Garden Award, Brooke Priory was awarded a Certificate of Achievement.
The awards were collected on behalf of the winners by the Oakham In Bloom committee and Mayor Adam Lowe at the East Midlands In Bloom ceremony, they were then awarded to the winners at the Oakham In Bloom AGM last week.
We are delighted to announce that Oakham was awarded Silver Gilt in this year’s East Midlands in Bloom competition!
A huge thank you to everyone in town, especially our dedicated volunteers who spend many, many hours all year round to keep our town looking fabulous!
Judge Simon Lucas awarded more points than last year (also Silver Gilt) and gave us some very valuable feedback – we’re excited to start putting his recommendations into action for next year’s competition.
Our summer working parties are well underway, with the major summer replant complete we have added some new dates for maintenance throughout the town:
Tuesday 28 June, 1.30pm – Cutts Close Working Party
Join us at the Bandstand for a tidy-up of the flowerbeds, please bring hand tools, gardening gloves, etc. if you have them.
Wednesday 29 June, 1pm – Museum Garden Working Party
Volunteers will be tidying and weeding the courtyard garden at Rutland County Museum on Catmos Street. Please bring hand tools, gardening gloves, etc. if you have them.
Thursday 30 June, 6.30pm – Allotment Working Party
Our allotment volunteers will be working at the allotment at Willow Crescent. The more the merrier – please bring useful tools if you have them.
Sunday 3 July, 9.30am – Library Working Party
We’ll be working at the library to weed and tidy the beds. Please bring hand tools, gardening gloves, etc. if you have them.
Monday 4 July, 2pm – Lands End Way Working Party
Volunteers will be weeding and tidying the flowerbed outside M&S/BP Garage – all welcome, please bring hand tools, gardening gloves, etc. if you have them.
All forthcoming events and working parties can be found on our Events page.
One of our older beds, the circular flowerbed on the corner of Ladywell and Burley Road has had a complete replant…
After the glorious show of daffodils this Spring, the collapsing foliage needed removing and, with the struggling roses already removed, it was time for an update!
The bed has been replanted with perennials, including cuttings of a Penstemon and Lavender plants from Ashwell Garden Centre. Also in the bed are the eye-catching Achillea ‘Moonshine’, Crocosmia ‘Star of the East’ and some Bronze Fennel.