The Bypass and its roundabouts have been the biggest project for Oakham In Bloom in recent years. Throughout 2009 Oakham In Bloom planned to develop the centres of the five roundabouts along the bypass – a long term project over several years.
Oakham In Bloom volunteers already managed the planting of the existing beds on the roundabouts with sustainable planting of low-growing shrubs, roses and grasses, but the new project which has seen more exciting designs.
Two roundabouts have already been completed – Stamford Road, with fabulous rocks from Ketton Quarry, and Burley Road, now home to a stunning Osprey sculpture. A scheme for the roundabout at the top of Lands’ End Way is being planned.
Aside from the roundabouts, the team work to improve other sections of the bypass – encouraging the planting of trees and wildflowers and adding additional features, such as the Anglian Water boat which has been a landmark for many years and the RAF Association bed, ‘The Spitfire’, which was unveiled in summer 2010 as part of the Battle of Britain anniversary.
Funding of the roundabouts project has come from local companies via sponsorship, advertising, donations and from arts funding bodies and local authorities.
If you or your organisation would like to be involved in the project – either to propose a design or to support the project through sponsorship, donation or fundraising – please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.