2016 Judging Route

Volunteers meet East Midlands In Bloom judges at the Library

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.

2015 Judging Route Announced

Volunteers working on the flowerbeds at Oakham LibraryOakham 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
Melton Road
High Street
Gaol Street
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
Stamford Road
Uppingham Road
Cricket Lawns
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
Barleythorpe 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.

A Wheelie Great Garden

The new Inner Wheel Club garden on the Uppingham Road part of the bypass

The Inner Wheel Club garden on  Uppingham Road

A new garden has been created on Uppingham Road to celebrate the 90th anniversary of The Association of Inner Wheel Clubs of Great Britain and Ireland.

The Inner Wheel Association President this year asked every club in the country to complete a community project using “wheels” to celebrate this special anniversary – the Rutland Club chose to donate to Oakham in Bloom and together they created a round flower bed using a bicycle as its centrepiece alongside the cycle path on Uppingham Road and the bypass.

Rutland President Mary Parkin has coordinated the whole project by successfully ‘wheeling and dealing’ with local suppliers, whom we would like to thank for their generous support. They are: Rose Dejardin (designer of the garden), Palmers of Oakham, Howarth Timber & Building Suppliers of Corby, Gates Nurseries, Christine Davies, Barbara Clements, Oliver Hemsley of Paint it and Plant it.

On Friday 20 June the Inner Wheel members met with Chris Morten, Acting Chairman of Oakham In Bloom, for the official unveiling and handover of the Inner Wheel garden – the area will be maintained by Oakham In Bloom volunteers as part of their regular maintenance programme.

Chris Morten said “It’s wonderful to work with other community organisations and we’re delighted that the Inner Wheel Club chose to share their anniversary with Oakham In Bloom and the town itself. We hope that cyclists in particular will enjoy the garden on their route.”

The Inner Wheel Club meets monthly at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel. Anyone wishing to find out more information about the club, or wishing to join us, please contact secretary Mrs Pat Munro on 01572 723464.

To join Oakham In Bloom as a volunteer gardener or fundraiser please contact Chris Morten on 01572 759108 or email info@oakhaminbloom.org.uk