Is there a local garden that inspires you? A pretty front garden that makes you smile on your way to work?
Oakham In Bloom are looking for nominations for their annual local garden awards, from the smallest shop frontage to the larger secret home gardens.
We’d like residents and visitors to nominate their favourites in the Best Secret Garden and Best Front Garden categories – if you know of a neighbour or friend who takes great pride in their garden please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with their name, address and contact details (or your contact details so we can get in touch to judge), or contact Maureen Dodds on 01572 723434. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the details – just a street address is fine!
In addition to the best private gardens their are also categories for local businesses: Best Licensed Premises and Best Business Premises – all businesses in Oakham are judged, but we’d love to hear from you if you have a particular favourite!
On 12 July, the East Midlands In Bloom judges are invited to choose their favourite display on the judging route.
Oakham In Bloom’s Awards are held every September and nominees are all invited to attend, with winners announced on the night and trophies and certificates presented.
At our annual AGM and awards ceremony last week many local residents and business owners joined us to find out who won the much sought-after local awards.
The winners are:
Best Front Garden Trophy presented by The Rutland Horticultural Society
Award Presented by Pat Simmonds
Third Place – Anna & Roy Foster – Noel Avenue
Second Place– Mr & Mrs Kennedy – Braunston Road
First Place – Lionel & Dot Francis – Mendip Road
Best Secret Garden – small garden Trophy presented by Tim Freeman
Award presented by Sara Forsyth High Sherriff
Third Place – Roland Meadows – Glen Drive
Second Place – Angela Betts – Redland Road
First Place – Charles & Joan Underwood – Westfield Avenue
Best Secret Garden – large garden Trophy presented by David Wilson Homes
Award presented by Lawrence Howard – Lord Lieutenant
Third Place – Pam & Trevor Barnet – Redland Road
Second Place – George & Joyce Burton – Cold Overton Road
First Place – Peter & Jacqueline Beanland – The Dell
Best Business Premises Trophy presented by Rutland Chamber of Trade.
Award presented by Ed Burrows MD Discover Rutland
Third Place – The Post Office – Market Place, Oakham
Second Place – The Maltings – Mill Street
First Place – L’Oliveto – Church Street
Best Public House Trophy presented by Barnsdale Hall & Country Club
Award presented by Mr Brian Naylor – President Lions Club of Rutland
Second Place – The Whipper-In
First Place – The Wheatsheaf
Best on Judging Route Trophy presented by Lands End Direct Merchants
Award presented by Sharon Spencer – Mayor of Oakham
Winner – Meadows World Travel
Chairman’s Award – a special award given by the Chairman to somebody who has made a significant contribution to Oakham in Bloom.
Presented by Mrs M Dodds & Sharon Spencer – Mayor of Oakham
Awarded to Mrs Teresa Thompson