Oakham’s Spitfire Flying High

Oakham’s willow Spitfire sculpture, originally made for the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, has had its annual spring clean and repair!

John Shone of Rutland Willows, who designed and created the sculpture in 2010, regularly carries out maintenance with his son-in-law Martin Keeley to ensure the Spitfire continues to be pride of place in its bypass flowerbed.

“The Spitfire is still in excellent condition and this year needed a treatment of preservative and some of the structure replaced.” said John. “Next winter it may need a complete overhaul as winter can take its toll, especially as it is in such an open space along the roadside.”

Oakham In Bloom took over management of the Battle of Britain bed in 2011, by popular public demand, to ensure the Spitfire remained a long-term feature of Oakham’s floral and environmental displays.

And it’s not just the Spitfire that’s getting a revamp – the flowerbed itself is currently being transformed by volunteers from Wing Grange to become a wildflower bed.