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.
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.
Many thanks to Co-operative Funeralcare in Oakham for their generous donation towards our Spring planting.
Oakham In Bloom were invited to the Co-operative premises on Oakham High Street to collect the cheque from Funeral Director Michelle Meynell.
“Oakham In Bloom projects bring a lot of joy to residents and visitors and the volunteers do a fantastic job.” said Michelle “We have some Oakham In Bloom planters outside our premises and in Gaol Street which look great all year round, receiving many comments from our clients and passers-by.”
Michelle and her team want to support local community organisations and recognise the work of volunteers in any way they can – Michelle is keen to get gardening too and plans to get her hands dirty with the Oakham In Bloom volunteers!
Michelle added: “Co-operative Funeralcare is proud to sponsor such a worthwhile cause and we hope to continue this support for many years to come.”
Oakham In Bloom Vice-Chairman Derek Bilby said “It’s such a pleasure to be rewarded with donations from local businesses – this donation from Co-operative Funeralcare helps fund planting for the town centre which makes Oakham much more appealing to visitors and shoppers.”
The Oakham In Bloom committee are also delighted to be working with Michelle and other organisations to plan replacement murals on the Gaol Street side of the Co-operative’s building as part of their refurbishments later this year.
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.