At the East Midlands In Bloom ceremony on Wednesday 14 September, a number of special awards were given in recognition of individuals’ outstanding achievements, in addition to Oakham’s overall Silver Gilt award.
Michael Young was awarded Bronze in the Frank Constable Award for best residential garden.
The Wheatsheaf and Lands’ End both received Gold for Best Hotel or Pub Garden and Best Retail/Commercial Premises, with Les Dalby receiving a Judge’s Award for the ‘immaculately maintained gardens’ at Lands’ End.
In the Best School Garden Award, Brooke Priory was awarded a Certificate of Achievement.
The awards were collected on behalf of the winners by the Oakham In Bloom committee and Mayor Adam Lowe at the East Midlands In Bloom ceremony, they were then awarded to the winners at the Oakham In Bloom AGM last week.
At our AGM last night we also awarded prizes for the local gardening awards organised by our committee.
Gardens were judged in August and we’re delighted to announce the winners:
BEST FRONT GARDEN
1st Place – Steven Gooden of Cold Overton Road
2nd Place – Margaret Broughton of Braunston Road
3rd Place – Brian & Kath Hodgson of Brooke Road
BEST LARGE SECRET GARDEN
1st Place – Rex & Erica Merchant of West Road
2nd Place – Jill Weigh of Northgate
3rd Place – Liz Sanders of Braunston Road
BEST SMALL SECRET GARDEN
1st Place – Ann Gurney of Springfield Way
2nd Place – Adrian & Carol Arnold of Prince George Avenue
3rd Place – John Woods of Melton Road
BEST BUSINESS PREMISES
1st Place – The Maltings, including Sweeney Todd, Dean St Photography, County Squire, Pure Beauty, Thomas Hairdressing, Oakham Rugs, Snapdragon and Partners
2nd Place – Land’s End Europe Ltd
3rd Place – The Wisteria Hotel
BEST LICENSED PREMISES
1st Place – The Wheatsheaf
2nd Place – The Lord Nelson
3rd Place – The Captain Noel Newton
Highly Commended – The Whipper-In
BEST FLORAL DISPLAY ON JUDGING ROUTE
Pippy Woodley – Catmos Street
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.
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
On Thursday 13 September Oakham In Bloom held its AGM and Local Awards Ceremony.
Every year the committee invite nominations for the best gardens and floral displays in Oakham – an opportunity to discover some hidden gems and to celebrate the efforts made by residents and businesses in keeping the town blooming, not just during the summer but all year round.
2012 winners are:
Best Front Garden (award donated by Rutland Horticultural Society)
Third Place – Mr & Mrs Cadman of Redland Road
Second Place – Mr & Mrs Sharpe of Cold Overton Road
First Place – Mrs June Mead of Redland Road
Best Secret Garden – small garden category (award donated by Bella’s)
Third Place – Mr & Mrs Bury
Second Place – Mr & Mrs Perril
First Place – Mr & Mrs Blackford
Best Secret Garden – large garden category (award donated by David Wilson Homes)
Third Place – Mr & Mrs Adams
Second Place – Mr & Mrs O’Brien
First Place – Mr T Gilbert
Best Business Premises (award donated by Rutland Chamber of Trade)
Third Place – Rutland Health & Beauty / The Beauty Shop
Second Place – Nature’s Dispensary
First Place – Oakham Oriental Rugs
Best Licensed Premises
Third Place – The Grainstore
Second Place – The Wheatsheaf
First Place – The Whipper-In
Best Floral Display on Judging Route (award donated by Lands End Direct Merchants)
Mrs Sylvia Hammond – Cricket Lawns
Each year, Oakham In Bloom’s Chairman chooses an individual to receive an award for their contribution to Oakham In Bloom projects.
This year, the award was given to Oliver Hemsley from Paint it or Plant It for the outstanding contribution that Oliver and all his staff at Paint It or Plant It gave to Oakham In Bloom in 2012.