Ripe & Ready!

Stamford Road Boat filled with vegetablesOakham In Bloom are urging residents to pick the fruit and vegetables that have been grown in the containers in town.

The Britain In Bloom judges were very impressed with the new Grow Your Own theme that volunteers have planted and cared for, and now the fruit and vegetables are ready to eat!

The containers with fruit and vegetables ready to be picked are the large planter on the High Street outside Coop Funeralcare, the large planter outside the Odd House Tavern pub on Burley Road and the boat on the Stamford Road bypass roundabout.

Oakham In Bloom’s Derek Bilby said “Anybody passing by is invited to pick something to try – the cherry tomatoes taste great and there is also rosemary, sage, parsley, thyme and even a few strawberries!”

“The planting has been done with care, using peat-free compost and organic feed.”

The grow your own theme has been very successful, but Oakham In Bloom don’t want to see the produce going to waste, so please do take something to try.

The committee would like to thank staff at Coop Funeral Care and the Odd House Tavern for volunteering to water the containers.

Have you tried any of the community-grown produce? Please take a photo and share it with Oakham In Bloom on Facebook – and Twitter –

An Incredible Launch for Oakham

Transition RutlandThe evening of Wednesday 6th March was truly ‘Incredible’ for Transition Rutland, raising over £40 on the night on its launch of the community vegetable growing project, Incredible Edible Oakham.

The project, supported by Oakham In Bloom, aims to use the pots by Rutland Plastics on Cold Overton Road, and other areas, to grow vegetables for the benefit of the community.

Over 30 people attended the launch which included a short recorded talk from Incredible Edible Todmorden founder Pam Warhurst, along with a film screening of Growing Change – an inspiring movie about a food growing revolution in Venezuela.

Incredible Edible Oakham is now all set to go and is looking for volunteers who can donate:

  • Their seeds/seedlings
  • Their time to help plant & maintain the pots
  • Their advice on container vegetable gardening

A date for the first planting working party is to be set very soon. For more information & to volunteer, contact Transition Rutland on 01572 723419 or email

Watch out Oakham, something Incredible is coming!

Incredible Edible Oakham

Oakham In Bloom is delighted to announce its support for Transition Rutland’s new project ‘Incredible Edible’.

Transition Rutland are working in partnership with Oakham In Bloom, and have already gained permission to turn the pots at Rutland Plastics, Oakham, into community vegetable patches.

The project aims to bring people together and, through actions around local food, help change behaviour toward the environment.

The Incredible Edible ethos has been taken up by communities all over the world, with local people coming together in their own time to turn unloved pieces of land into community gardens growing food to share.


Incredible Edible Oakham (linking in with the Incredible Edible movement), will be launched with a film screening entitled ‘Growing Change’ on Wednesday 6th March, (7.15pm for 7.30pm) at Rutland County Museum, Catmose Street, Oakham. Entry is FREE and all are welcome.

Growing Change is a journey that aims to understand why the current food systems leave hundreds of millions of people in hunger. How will the world feed itself in the future in the face of major environmental challenges?

The film tells the story of how Venezuela developed a more equitable and sustainable food and agricultural system after decades of government neglect of agriculture. What are the lessons we can learn from Venezuela’s food revolution?

This is an inspirational story full of lively characters, thought provoking insights, stunning scenery and ideas to transform the food system.

For more about Incredible Edible Oakham visit