Local Gardening Competition Winners

At our AGM last night we also awarded prizes for the local gardening awards organised by our committee.

Gardens were judged in August and we’re delighted to announce the winners:

BEST FRONT GARDEN
1st Place – Steven Gooden of Cold Overton Road
2nd Place – Margaret Broughton of Braunston Road
3rd Place – Brian & Kath Hodgson of Brooke Road

BEST LARGE SECRET GARDEN 
1st Place – Rex & Erica Merchant of West Road
2nd Place – Jill Weigh of Northgate
3rd Place – Liz Sanders of Braunston Road

BEST SMALL SECRET GARDEN 
1st Place – Ann Gurney of Springfield Way
2nd Place – Adrian & Carol Arnold of Prince George Avenue
3rd Place – John Woods of Melton Road

BEST BUSINESS PREMISES 
1st Place – The Maltings, including Sweeney Todd, Dean St Photography, County Squire, Pure Beauty, Thomas Hairdressing, Oakham Rugs, Snapdragon and Partners
2nd Place – Land’s End Europe Ltd
3rd Place – The Wisteria Hotel

BEST LICENSED PREMISES
1st Place – The Wheatsheaf
2nd Place – The Lord Nelson
3rd Place – The Captain Noel Newton
Highly Commended – The Whipper-In

BEST FLORAL DISPLAY ON JUDGING ROUTE 
Pippy Woodley – Catmos Street

CHAIR’S AWARD
Craig Howat

Oakham Awarded Silver Gilt

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.

2016 Judging Route

Volunteers meet East Midlands In Bloom judges at the Library

Volunteers meeting East Midlands In Bloom judges at the Library in 2015

We’re delighted to announce our 2016 Judging Route for the East Midlands In Bloom judge’s tour of Oakham on Thursday 14 July.

Starting with a presentation at Oakham Castle, the Oakham In Bloom committee will be hosting judge Simon Lucas for the tour, which will include the opportunity to meet our hardworking volunteers, supporters and project partners.  Entries for the East Midlands In Bloom special awards have also been incorporated into the tour.

The tour will take in the following areas throughout the town:

  • Oakham Castle
  • Market Street, Market Place and The Buttercross
  • Oakham School
  • Church Passage and All Saints Church
  • Cutts Close and the Bandstand
  • Church Street
  • Gaol Street
  • High Street to Melton Road
  • Lands’ End Way and Lands’ End gardens at the Outlet Shop
  • Burley Road and Ladywell
  • Willow Crescent and Woodland View
  • The Oakham In Bloom Allotment
  • Stamford Road
  • The boat and bypass roundabouts
  • Spitfire display bed
  • Inner Wheel bicycle bed
  • Uppingham Road
  • Catmos Street and Bull Lane
  • Oakham Library, including the Prairie bed, Sensory garden and Peacock
  • Rutland County Museum courtyard garden

The tour will end with a lunch for the committee and guests at Rutland County Museum.

Summer Working Parties

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.

Replanting the Ladywell Flowerbed

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.