All Saints Memorial Garden Redesigned

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 plant All Saints Memorial Garden

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.

Volunteers at All Saints Church

East Midlands In Bloom Special Awards for Local Achievements

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.

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.