Oakham’s willow Spitfire sculpture, originally made for the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, has had its annual spring clean and repair!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.
2013 will see a new planting scheme for the Spitfire flowerbed on the bypass, with a new wildflower bed replacing the roses.
Volunteers from Wing Grange, led by Jackie King, will be organising the project over the coming months.
Roses and other plants currently in the bed will be cared for and used for other Oakham In Bloom projects around the town.
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.