Nominate Your Neighbours

Is there a local garden that inspires you? A pretty front garden that makes you smile on your way to work?

Oakham In Bloom are looking for nominations for their annual local garden awards, from the smallest shop frontage to the larger secret home gardens.

We’d like residents and visitors to nominate their favourites in the Best Secret Garden and Best Front Garden categories – if you know of a neighbour or friend who takes great pride in their garden please let us know by emailing with their name, address and contact details (or your contact details so we can get in touch to judge), or contact Maureen Dodds on 01572 723434. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the details – just a street address is fine!

In addition to the best private gardens their are also categories for local businesses: Best Licensed Premises and Best Business Premises – all businesses in Oakham are judged, but we’d love to hear from you if you have a particular favourite!

On 12 July, the East Midlands In Bloom judges are invited to choose their favourite display on the judging route.

Oakham In Bloom’s Awards are held every September and nominees are all invited to attend, with winners announced on the night and trophies and certificates presented.

2012 Judging Route Announced

Thursday 12 July is judging day for Oakham in the East Midlands In Bloom competition!

Oakham In Bloom volunteers will host the East Midlands In Bloom judges, giving them a guided tour of our town.

There’s a lot to fit in to a few hours, and the Oakham In Bloom team have carefully organised a route to fit in as much as possible, including time for the judges to meet children at Catmose Primary School, Scouts at All Saints Church, the Town Clerk and volunteers along the route.

So get your gardens ready!! The judges look at all aspects of the town, from floral displays in the centre of town and gardens in residential areas to environmental projects involving the community – it truly is an event for everyone in town.

The route will include:

Oakham Castle, Market Street and Market Place
Church Passage and All Saints Church
Cutts Close and The Bandstand (the park)
Burley Road Allotments
The Whipper-In Garden
Rutland County Council Grounds and Arboretum
Oakham Library – Sensory Garden, Prairie Garden, the Peacock & volunteers’ flowerbeds
Rutland County Museum Courtyard Garden
The Bypass & Roundabouts
Ashwell Road
Balmoral Road
Barleythorpe Road
Barlow Road
Braunston Road
Brooke Road
Bull Lane
Burley Road
Catmose Street
Church Street
Cold Overton Road
Cricket Lawns
Dean’s Street
Gaol Street
High Street
Lands End Way
Melton Road and the Level Crossing
Mill Street
Sandringham Close
Tyne Road
Trent Road
Uppingham Road
Welland Way
West Road

The Oakham In Bloom volunteers will add an extra session to their normal gardening sessions on Wednesday 11 July, starting at 6pm from Oakham Library – this will be a last minute check for weeds and litter and everyone is welcome to join us.

Digital Rutland Commemorative Bed

Digital Rutland

In May 2012 Oakham In Bloom was asked to create a bed to go in front of Oakham Castle to celebrate the signing of a contract between Rutland County Council and BT.

The £3million contract will bring faster broadband internet access to at least 90% of Rutland residents by the end of 2013.

Digital Rutland
Roger Begy, Leader of Rutland County Council; Bill Murphy, Managing Director of BT’s Next Generation Access; Helen Briggs, Chief Executive of Rutland County Council.

Given just over two weeks to design and install the bed, with the help of Gates Nurseries the job was completed on time and was unveiled yesterday.

Creating the BedCreating the Bed

Nigel Gates, Derek Bilby, Helen Briggs and Roger Begy
Nigel Gates, Derek Bilby, Helen Briggs and Roger Begy

The Peacock’s New Home

Moving the Peacock

Today the peacock was installed in its new home at the back of Oakham Library.

Tomorrow volunteers will begin filling the body ready for the planting, the design of which has been created by Oakham In Bloom’s gardening co-ordinator, Teresa Thompson.

Many thanks to Paint It Or Plant It for taking care of it over winter and for the careful movement and installation.

Thanks also to the many organisations who have already donated – if your business or organisation would like to donate please contact us for further details. All sponsors will be permanently remembered on a plaque at the library.

Moving the Peacock
Moving the Peacock into place

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.”