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 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 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.
Planting & Weeding on Lands End Way
Our Autumn/Winter maintenance is now underway…
Oakham School students helped Oakham In Bloom volunteers clear many beds last week in preparation for our big Planting Day next weekend.
Everyone is welcome to join us, starting at Oakham Library on Sunday 25 October, from 9.30am – please bring hand tools, kneeler pads and gloves if you have them.
We also have dates planned for re-planting the All Saints Church Memorial Bed (Saturday 21 November) and further maintenance on Lands End Way Wildflower Bed (Sunday 22 November) – full details of all working parties can be found on our Events page.
Oakham All Saints Scouts raced against the sunset last night to replant the flowerbeds in the churchyard, they were busy clearing the summer bedding and replacing with colourful pansies for the winter.
The Beavers, Cubs and Scouts maintain the All Saints Church flowerbeds in the churchyard through regular weeding and litter picking, plus planting of summer and winter bedding plants.
Find out more about our work with Young People and Schools >>
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
Cold Overton Road
Lands End Way
Melton Road and the Level Crossing
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.