At our AGM last night we also awarded prizes for the local gardening awards organised by our committee.
Gardens were judged in August and we’re delighted to announce the winners:
BEST FRONT GARDEN
1st Place – Steven Gooden of Cold Overton Road
2nd Place – Margaret Broughton of Braunston Road
3rd Place – Brian & Kath Hodgson of Brooke Road
BEST LARGE SECRET GARDEN
1st Place – Rex & Erica Merchant of West Road
2nd Place – Jill Weigh of Northgate
3rd Place – Liz Sanders of Braunston Road
BEST SMALL SECRET GARDEN
1st Place – Ann Gurney of Springfield Way
2nd Place – Adrian & Carol Arnold of Prince George Avenue
3rd Place – John Woods of Melton Road
BEST BUSINESS PREMISES
1st Place – The Maltings, including Sweeney Todd, Dean St Photography, County Squire, Pure Beauty, Thomas Hairdressing, Oakham Rugs, Snapdragon and Partners
2nd Place – Land’s End Europe Ltd
3rd Place – The Wisteria Hotel
BEST LICENSED PREMISES
1st Place – The Wheatsheaf
2nd Place – The Lord Nelson
3rd Place – The Captain Noel Newton
Highly Commended – The Whipper-In
BEST FLORAL DISPLAY ON JUDGING ROUTE
Pippy Woodley – Catmos Street
Oakham In Bloom volunteers have been working on the route for the East Midlands In Bloom judges’ tour next week.
Oakham’s entry into the competition covers areas of environmental, heritage and horticultural achievement and the tour takes in the town centre, residential areas, the bypass and more. The judges will tour Oakham on foot and by car.
This year’s route will include the following:
Oakham Castle and grounds, Market Place & Market Street
Church Street & Northgate
Catmose Street and the Library – including the Sensory Garden, the Prairie Garden, the Peacock and the volunteers’ adopted beds
Rutland County Museum
Catmose Arboretum & Council Offices
Mill Street & The Maltings
The Bypass – including the Boat, the Spitfire & the Inner Wheel Garden
Burley Road & Bull Lane
Brooke Road – including the Woodland Trust Gorse Field Wood & Brooke Hill Academy to meet pupils
Tyne Road, Trent Road & Welland Way
Balmoral Road & Braunston Road
Lands End Way
Are you on the route? It’s not just Oakham In Bloom projects that are judged, but the town as a whole.
Oakham In Bloom Chairman, Chris Morten, said “Oakham is looking wonderful already, but we’d be delighted if all residents and businesses, especially those on the route, could spend a little time checking their gardens and premises to keep them clear of litter and weeds ahead of judging day on Tuesday 7 July.”
And don’t forget you can nominate your favourite gardens and floral displays in Oakham – there is a Best on Judging Route Award up for grabs too! Nominate your favourites by completing our online form, or by calling Angie Humphreys on 01572 756120.
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.
At our annual AGM and awards ceremony last week many local residents and business owners joined us to find out who won the much sought-after local awards.
The winners are:
Best Front Garden Trophy presented by The Rutland Horticultural Society
Award Presented by Pat Simmonds
Third Place – Anna & Roy Foster – Noel Avenue
Second Place– Mr & Mrs Kennedy – Braunston Road
First Place – Lionel & Dot Francis – Mendip Road
Best Secret Garden – small garden Trophy presented by Tim Freeman
Award presented by Sara Forsyth High Sherriff
Third Place – Roland Meadows – Glen Drive
Second Place – Angela Betts – Redland Road
First Place – Charles & Joan Underwood – Westfield Avenue
Best Secret Garden – large garden Trophy presented by David Wilson Homes
Award presented by Lawrence Howard – Lord Lieutenant
Third Place – Pam & Trevor Barnet – Redland Road
Second Place – George & Joyce Burton – Cold Overton Road
First Place – Peter & Jacqueline Beanland – The Dell
Best Business Premises Trophy presented by Rutland Chamber of Trade.
Award presented by Ed Burrows MD Discover Rutland
Third Place – The Post Office – Market Place, Oakham
Second Place – The Maltings – Mill Street
First Place – L’Oliveto – Church Street
Best Public House Trophy presented by Barnsdale Hall & Country Club
Award presented by Mr Brian Naylor – President Lions Club of Rutland
Second Place – The Whipper-In
First Place – The Wheatsheaf
Best on Judging Route Trophy presented by Lands End Direct Merchants
Award presented by Sharon Spencer – Mayor of Oakham
Winner – Meadows World Travel
Chairman’s Award – a special award given by the Chairman to somebody who has made a significant contribution to Oakham in Bloom.
Presented by Mrs M Dodds & Sharon Spencer – Mayor of Oakham
Awarded to Mrs Teresa Thompson