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.
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.
Oakham 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
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
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
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.
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
Cold Overton Road
Lands End Way
Melton Road and the Level Crossing
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.
In May 2012 Oakham In Bloom was asked to create a bed to go in front of Oakham Castle to celebrate the signing of a contract between Rutland County Council and BT.
The £3million contract will bring faster broadband internet access to at least 90% of Rutland residents by the end of 2013.
Roger Begy, Leader of Rutland County Council; Bill Murphy, Managing Director of BT’s Next Generation Access; Helen Briggs, Chief Executive of Rutland County Council.
Given just over two weeks to design and install the bed, with the help of Gates Nurseries the job was completed on time and was unveiled yesterday.
Nigel Gates, Derek Bilby, Helen Briggs and Roger Begy