Today, 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
Kitchens by Nathaniel Oliver
Ministry of Justice
Oakham Memorial Institute
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).
Oakham School students and staff volunteered today to clear the circular bed at Oakham Library in preparation for the installation of the peacock.
Students Briana Che, Tom Tsang, Harry Clinch and Lizzie Teasdale, together with member of staff Jane Paddock, worked hard to clear the beds.
The heuceras from the bed were planted elsewhere around the library and the other plants are being stored very kindly by John Hemmings until the Peacock is in place and they can be replanted.
Oakham In Bloom’s Gardening Co-ordinator, Teresa Thompson said “Everyone worked so hard, we were really pleased with how much we got done and I’d like to thank everyone at Oakham School for their continued support of Oakham In Bloom projects.”
After such a fantastic achievement for Oakham at the East Midlands In Bloom ceremony, the Oakham In Bloom volunteers and supporters were back to work to tidy and clear beds and containers to prepare them for winter bedding and spring bulbs.
Volunteers have been out and about every week and included support this year from Oakham School and Catmose College students. Teresa Thompson, Oakham In Bloom’s Gardening Co-ordinator was delighted with the efforts of the students “They all worked so hard and so quickly that we had to find other areas for them to work on!”.
The students not only worked on the library beds, but moved on to the Bandstand too, which the Oakham School students were particularly proud of as they talked of how they would see the bulbs coming to life as they pass the area most days.
At the library the volunteers were helped by Vale Contract Services, who work closely with Oakham In Bloom as part of their service to maintain the area and other sections of the town. Vale’s work was acknowledged by the East Midlands in Bloom judges who commented on “high levels of cleanliness throughout”.
The Vale team were very proud of such comments, Paul Dolman, Operations Manager, commented: “It is a real boost to the team when our work is acknowledged by an organisation such as East Midlands In Bloom. We enjoy working with the Oakham In Bloom team who have a real enthusiasm which spur us on and make us feel part of the community’s efforts.”
The Cory Environmental Trust have also been thanked for their contribution in the form of a grant which contributed hugely to the creation of the Prairie Garden at the Library. The feature was awarded ‘Best New Permanent Landscape’ by the East Midlands In Bloom judges.
The Baptist Church volunteers also took part in clearing the beds and planting spring bulbs on Melton Road. Oakham In Bloom are most grateful for their support in this area which receives much praise from Oakham residents.
And that’s not it for the year! There are many more maintenance parties and fundraising events planned throughout autumn and winter – the Oakham In Bloom volunteers and supporters know that the great achievements of East Midlands In Bloom and Britain In Bloom only come from year-round hard work!