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 >>

Ripe & Ready!

Stamford Road Boat filled with vegetablesOakham In Bloom are urging residents to pick the fruit and vegetables that have been grown in the containers in town.

The Britain In Bloom judges were very impressed with the new Grow Your Own theme that volunteers have planted and cared for, and now the fruit and vegetables are ready to eat!

The containers with fruit and vegetables ready to be picked are the large planter on the High Street outside Coop Funeralcare, the large planter outside the Odd House Tavern pub on Burley Road and the boat on the Stamford Road bypass roundabout.

Oakham In Bloom’s Derek Bilby said “Anybody passing by is invited to pick something to try – the cherry tomatoes taste great and there is also rosemary, sage, parsley, thyme and even a few strawberries!”

“The planting has been done with care, using peat-free compost and organic feed.”

The grow your own theme has been very successful, but Oakham In Bloom don’t want to see the produce going to waste, so please do take something to try.

The committee would like to thank staff at Coop Funeral Care and the Odd House Tavern for volunteering to water the containers.

Have you tried any of the community-grown produce? Please take a photo and share it with Oakham In Bloom on Facebook – www.facebook.com/oakhaminbloom and Twitter – www.twitter.com/oakhaminbloom