Oakham School Prepare for the Peacock

Oakham School students and staff volunteered today to clear the circular bed at Oakham Library in preparation for the installation of the peacock.

Students Briana Che, Tom Tsang, Harry Clinch and Lizzie Teasdale, together with member of staff Jane Paddock, worked hard to clear the beds.

The heuceras from the bed were planted elsewhere around the library and the other plants are being stored very kindly by John Hemmings until the Peacock is in place and they can be replanted.

Oakham In Bloom’s Gardening Co-ordinator, Teresa Thompson said “Everyone worked so hard, we were really pleased with how much we got done and I’d like to thank everyone at Oakham School for their continued support of Oakham In Bloom projects.”

Heard about the Bird?!

Oakham In Bloom volunteers are very excited about their new 2012 project which is soon to be installed and planted in the gardens at the back of Oakham Library.

Last year the Oakham In Bloom committee were invited to Ashwell prison to see if they could make use of any of the old gardening items left after its closure and when they saw the peacock they just knew it would make a fantastic centrepiece for somewhere in town. But where?!

Old photos of the peacock were found – such a dramatic eye-catching planted sculpture – and this made the committee even more determined to find a new home.

Oakham Town Council and Rutland County Council were very supportive of the idea and a suitable site at Oakham Library was agreed.

With the help of Paint It or Plant It, a local garden and landscaping business, the peacock was dug out from its old location, hauled on to a trailer and moved to storage for the winter.

The Parks and Gardens department at Nottingham City Council have offered advice and ideas – they have considerable experience and knowledge with such projects as they are responsible for a number of displays in Nottingham and the Oakham In Bloom committee are extremely grateful for their support.

Now it’s Spring it’s time for the peacock to come out of hiding! The structure will be installed in the next couple of weeks, followed by full planting of the peacock’s body and large tail in April.

The design and planting plan has been created by Teresa Thompson, Oakham In Bloom’s Gardening Co-ordinator, who has been responsible for a number of Oakham’s award-winning gardens, including the Prairie Garden at the Library and the courtyard garden at the Museum.

Teresa has chosen a vibrant, regal colour scheme in celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee – the body will be planted with approximately 2500 sedums and sempervivums for rich greens and purples, while the tail will be a beautiful design planted with purple salvias, scarlet geraniums and begonias, and golden marigolds. As with all our projects great attention has been paid to using sustainable planting wherever possible.

The full project is estimated at approximately £5000 and will be funded entirely from donations and sponsorship from local businesses and supporters. We anticipate that the pecock will become a permanent feature at the back of the Library, becoming a part of Oakham In Bloom’s regular maintenance by volunteers.

Sponsorship is a minimum donation of £250 – a one-off payment to establish the peacock during it’s first year. Sponsors will be listed on a sponsors sign at the library, a permanent reminder of all those who support the project.

If you would like further details about sponsorship please contact us at info@oakhaminbloom.org.uk

Securing the Future of the Spitfire

The Battle of Britain bed on the bypass was such a talking point with visitors and residents that Oakham In Bloom were delighted to take on the long-term maintenance and funding from the RAF Association to keep the bed and the Spitfire sculpture.

With the Spitfire back in place following refurbishment by John Shone of Rutland Willows, Oakham In Bloom volunteers and Paint It & Plant It set to work on the planting.

The bed is now planted with roses and euonymous – sustainable plants to ensure longevity of the bed and also meet the environmental aims of Oakham In Bloom.

Designer Teresa Thompson described her inspiration: “The spiral design of planting represents the spinning of propellers, the red and yellow roses are for the flames of the Blitz, and the evergreen euonymus that define the pattern are for the fortitude of the British people.”

A Blooming Busy Autumn!

After such a fantastic achievement for Oakham at the East Midlands In Bloom ceremony, the Oakham In Bloom volunteers and supporters were back to work to tidy and clear beds and containers to prepare them for winter bedding and spring bulbs.

Volunteers have been out and about every week and included support this year from Oakham School and Catmose College students. Teresa Thompson, Oakham In Bloom’s Gardening Co-ordinator was delighted with the efforts of the students “They all worked so hard and so quickly that we had to find other areas for them to work on!”.

The students not only worked on the library beds, but moved on to the Bandstand too, which the Oakham School students were particularly proud of as they talked of how they would see the bulbs coming to life as they pass the area most days.

At the library the volunteers were helped by Vale Contract Services, who work closely with Oakham In Bloom as part of their service to maintain the area and other sections of the town. Vale’s work was acknowledged by the East Midlands in Bloom judges who commented on “high levels of cleanliness throughout”.

The Vale team were very proud of such comments, Paul Dolman, Operations Manager, commented: “It is a real boost to the team when our work is acknowledged by an organisation such as East Midlands In Bloom. We enjoy working with the Oakham In Bloom team who have a real enthusiasm which spur us on and make us feel part of the community’s efforts.”

The Cory Environmental Trust have also been thanked for their contribution in the form of a grant which contributed hugely to the creation of the Prairie Garden at the Library. The feature was awarded ‘Best New Permanent Landscape’ by the East Midlands In Bloom judges.

The Baptist Church volunteers also took part in clearing the beds and planting spring bulbs on Melton Road. Oakham In Bloom are most grateful for their support in this area which receives much praise from Oakham residents.

And that’s not it for the year! There are many more maintenance parties and fundraising events planned throughout autumn and winter – the Oakham In Bloom volunteers and supporters know that the great achievements of East Midlands In Bloom and Britain In Bloom only come from year-round hard work!

2010 Local Awards

At our annual AGM and awards ceremony last week many local residents and business owners joined us to find out who won the much sought-after local awards.

The winners are:

Best Front Garden Trophy presented by The Rutland Horticultural Society
Award Presented by Pat Simmonds
Third Place – Anna & Roy Foster  – Noel Avenue
Second Place– Mr & Mrs Kennedy – Braunston Road
First Place – Lionel & Dot Francis – Mendip Road

Best Secret Garden – small garden  Trophy presented by Tim Freeman
Award presented by Sara Forsyth High Sherriff
Third Place – Roland Meadows – Glen Drive
Second Place – Angela Betts – Redland Road
First Place – Charles & Joan Underwood – Westfield Avenue

Best Secret Garden – large garden  Trophy presented by David Wilson Homes
Award presented by Lawrence Howard – Lord Lieutenant
Third Place – Pam & Trevor Barnet – Redland Road
Second Place – George & Joyce Burton – Cold Overton Road
First Place  – Peter & Jacqueline Beanland – The Dell

Best Business Premises Trophy presented by Rutland Chamber of Trade.
Award presented by Ed Burrows MD Discover Rutland
Third Place – The Post Office – Market Place, Oakham
Second Place – The Maltings – Mill Street
First Place – L’Oliveto – Church Street

Best Public House Trophy presented by Barnsdale Hall & Country Club
Award presented by Mr Brian Naylor – President Lions Club of Rutland
Second Place – The Whipper-In
First Place – The Wheatsheaf

Best on Judging Route  Trophy presented by Lands End Direct Merchants
Award presented by Sharon Spencer – Mayor of Oakham
Winner –  Meadows World Travel

Chairman’s Award – a special award given by the Chairman to somebody who has made a significant contribution to Oakham in Bloom.
Presented by Mrs M Dodds & Sharon Spencer – Mayor of Oakham
Awarded to Mrs Teresa Thompson