Oakham Awarded Silver Gilt

We are delighted to announce that Oakham was awarded Silver Gilt in this year’s East Midlands in Bloom competition!

A huge thank you to everyone in town, especially our dedicated volunteers who spend many, many hours all year round to keep our town looking fabulous!

Judge Simon Lucas awarded more points than last year (also Silver Gilt) and gave us some very valuable feedback – we’re excited to start putting his recommendations into action for next year’s competition.

Oakham In Bloom Local Award Winners 2015

Hot on the heels of the town’s Silver Gilt award in the East Midlands In Bloom competition, Oakham In Bloom presented local awards to local residents and businesses at their AGM the evening.

The results for the 2015 awards are:

Best Front Garden
1st Joyce Lucas
2nd Mick Young
3rd Margaret Broughton

Best Secret Garden
1st Charlie Underwood
2nd Robert Strouts
3rd Alison Greaves

Best Business Premises
1st The Maltings led by Laura and Andy Cross of Dean’s Street Photography
2nd Lands End Europe Ltd
3rd The Old Wisteria Hotel

Best Licensed Premises
1st The Wheatsheaf
2nd The Lord Nelson
3rd The Whipper-In

Best Floral Display on Judging route
Mick Young

Chairman’s Award
Jackie Sellwood

Oakham Awarded Silver Gilt

Oakham has been awarded Silver Gilt by East Midlands In Bloom at today’s awards ceremony.

Oakham In Bloom Chairman, Chris Morten, said: “We are thrilled to receive a Silver Gilt Award. It is wonderful to receive such recognition of all the effort and achievements of volunteers, residents and businesses to make Oakham look so good all year round.”

The Oakham In Bloom volunteers were also recognised for their sustained contribution with a special award from the judges.

“I was so proud to accept the special award on behalf of all our dedicated volunteers who work so hard on so many projects,” Chris added.

This year’s East Midlands In Bloom ceremony was hosted by Uppingham In Bloom and held at Rutland Water Golf Course.

Nominate Oakham’s Best Gardens

Our local gardening awards are back this year! It’s time to nominate your favourite residential and business floral displays in Oakham…

Send your nominations to info@oakhaminbloom.org.uk, call Angie Humphreys on 01572 756120 or complete our nomination form, for the following categories:
– Best Front Garden (Residential)
– Best Secret Garden (Residential rear garden)
– Best Business Premises
– Best Licensed Premises

There will also be ‘Best Floral Display on the Judging Route’ and a Chairman’s Award for an Individual’s Contribution to Oakham In Bloom.

Judging will take place in the first two weeks of August, so please spread the word and get those nominations rolling in!

Winners will be announced and the prizes presented at our AGM in September.

Local Garden Competitions 2015

Getting Ready for 2015

Prairie Garden

The Oakham In Bloom Committee held their first meeting of 2015 on Tuesday 10 February at The Lord Nelson in Oakham.

After a busy Christmastime fundraising followed by a short winter break, the volunteers are raring to go!  We all love the challenges that Springtime brings and there was much to plan and discuss around our gardening projects and fundraising events and ideas.

At the meeting the committee confirmed Oakham will be entered into the East Midlands In Bloom competition for 2015 – this will be the highlight of the summer, recognising our volunteers’ year-round efforts and the support of residents and businesses to make Oakham a great place to live and visit.

The East Midlands judges will be hosted by the Oakham In Bloom committee, supported by local residents, businesses and dignitaries.  They will be taken on a tour of the town and be shown successful environmental and heritage projects that are undertaken by the many organisations in Oakham.  Further details about the judging route will be published as soon as they are available.

Also at the meeting, the committee discussed a number of gardening projects in progress and in the pipeline, including: a rework of the Spitfire bed on the bypass; partial replanting of the Prairie Garden and revamp of the Sensory Garden at the Library; possibilities for the Showground bypass roundabout; the Summer planting scheme for the Peacock; and, much more.

A key focus for the committee is fundraising and planning for many events is underway, including: a Quiz Night and Supper; Jumble Sale; a sunflower competition; Summer Raffle; collection boxes; and new areas for sponsorship.

The flowerbed on the large traffic island on Burley Road, near the Odd House pub, has come available for sponsorship – please contact us if you would like further details.

The monthly Lottery goes from strength-to-strength – the winning numbers for February’s draw were drawn at the meeting: 213, 63 and 92 won prizes and cheques are on the way to the winners.  How to join the Lottery >>