The Peacock’s New Clothes

Peacock - New Willow Breast

Peacock - New Willow BreastThe planting on the Peacock’s chest was proving very difficult to maintain with plants struggling to survive and falling out as a result.

We approached Rutland Willows, who created and maintain the Spitfire on the bypass, to see if they could provide a willow solution for the Peacock… they have provided the most wonderful design that helps us avoid the need for planting, but compliments the planting on the rest of the Peacock.

East Midlands In Bloom’s Visit to Oakham

Volunteers meet East Midlands In Bloom judges at the Library

Oakham In Bloom were delighted to welcome the East Midlands In Bloom judges, with a presentation and a tour of the town’s highlights, followed by afternoon tea at the Museum.

Judges Doug Stacey and Simon Lucas were welcomed at Oakham Castle by Oakham In Bloom and Rutland County Council before being taken on a tour of the town with Oakham In Bloom’s Chairman Chris Morten and Gardening Co-ordinator Craig Howat.  The tour included the town centre for our major floral displays, residential areas, Brooke Hill Academy, The Woodland Trust’s Gorse Field Wood, the bypass and much more.

The judges met gardening volunteers at the Library, where they also gave a short interview to Rutland Radio, before ending the tour at Rutland County Museum with an afternoon tea with the committee and guests.

Many thanks to all volunteers and supporters who made the day a great success – the judges were very complimentary of the level of community involvement  in Oakham – and also to Oakham Castle and Rutland County Museum for hosting the opening and closing events.

We now wait patiently until September to hear the results, which will be announced at the awards ceremony to be held in Rutland this year at Rutland Water Golf Club.  Also in the Town category this year are Bourne, Clowne in Bloom, Earl Shilton in Bloom and Immingham in Bloom.

Museum Garden

 

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 >>

Thanking Sponsors of The Peacock

Unveiling the Peacock

Unveiling the PeacockToday, Oakham In Bloom held a short ceremony and afternoon tea at The Whipper-In to thank the sponsors of the Peacock project – a newly installed feature in the gardens at the back of Oakham Library.

The metal peacock frame was salvaged from Ashwell Prison last year and was kindly stored over winter by Paint It or Plant It, who also installed it in March ready for Oakham In Bloom’s volunteers to plant it up for the summer.

Without the generous donations and support of the sponsors, we would never have been able to complete the installation and maintenance of this unique floral feature.

As permanent recognition of this generosity, a sign has also been erected next to the peacock and it was this that was unveiled today by Frank Hinch from The Rutland Trust.

Oakham In Bloom would like to thank all their hard-working gardening and fundraising volunteers, all local residents and businesses, and especially the sponsors of the peacock itself:

Barnsdale Lodge Hotel
Cavells
Kitchens by Nathaniel Oliver
Ministry of Justice
Oakham Memorial Institute
Oakham School
Oakham Town Council
Oakham Town Partnership
The Lions Club of Rutland
The Rutland Trust
Paint It or Plant It
Friends of Oakham In Bloom

The above sponsors and supporters were represented at the event by Frank Hinch (The Rutland Trust); Alf and Della Dewis (Mayor and Mayoress – Oakham Town Council); Adam Lowe (Oakham Town Council); Ed Burrows and Dee Spurling (Barnsdale Lodge Hotel); Mike Cropper, Bob Lucas, Joyce Lucas and Nigel Campion (The Lions Club of Rutland); Dave Johnson (Oakham Memorial Institute); Oliver Hemsley and his men! (Paint It or Plant It); Annika Hedrich-Wiggans (Oakham School); Mark Taylor (Bradshaw Taylor / Cavells); Victoria Brambini (Rutland County Council); Derek Bilby (Oakham Town Partnership and Oakham In Bloom); Maureen Dodds, Teresa Thompson, Chris Morten and volunteers (Oakham In Bloom).

2012 Judging Route Announced

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
Ashwell Road
Balmoral Road
Barleythorpe Road
Barlow Road
Braunston Road
Brooke Road
Bull Lane
Burley Road
Catmose Street
Church Street
Cold Overton Road
Cricket Lawns
Dean’s Street
Gaol Street
High Street
Lands End Way
Melton Road and the Level Crossing
Mill Street
Northgate
Sandringham Close
Tyne Road
Trent Road
Uppingham Road
Welland Way
West Road

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.