All Saints Memorial Garden Redesigned

Oakham In Bloom have completed one of their largest projects to date by completely renovating the All Saints Church Memorial Garden.

With shrubs and trees taking over the garden, and struggling as a result of becoming cramped and restricted, parishioners were keen to redesign the garden to provide a tranquil area for remembrance of loved ones.

Oakham In Bloom volunteers were delighted to take on the project, which was funded by Oakham Memorial Institute, a generous donation from a parishioner, and Oakham In Bloom.

Work began several weeks ago with Oakham In Bloom arranging for the old shrubs, trees and plants to carefully be removed without affecting the church building, and we are very grateful to Paint It or Plant It for carrying out this work.

A new design was created and last weekend the Oakham In Bloom volunteers, together with parishioners, completed the planting.

Volunteers plant All Saints Memorial Garden

Volunteers and parishioners are very much looking forward to Spring, when the planting will start to flourish, creating the peaceful haven that families wish for.

The Memorial Garden will continue to be cared for under Oakham In Bloom’s regular maintenance sessions.

Volunteers at All Saints Church

2012 Local Award Winners

On Thursday 13 September Oakham In Bloom held its AGM and Local Awards Ceremony.

Every year the committee invite nominations for the best gardens and floral displays in Oakham – an opportunity to discover some hidden gems and to celebrate the efforts made by residents and businesses in keeping the town blooming, not just during the summer but all year round.

2012 winners are:

Best Front Garden (award donated by Rutland Horticultural Society)
Third Place – Mr & Mrs Cadman of Redland Road
Second Place – Mr & Mrs Sharpe of Cold Overton Road
First Place – Mrs June Mead of Redland Road

Best Secret Garden – small garden category (award donated by Bella’s)
Third Place – Mr & Mrs Bury
Second Place – Mr & Mrs Perril
First Place – Mr & Mrs Blackford

Best Secret Garden – large garden category (award donated by David Wilson Homes)
Third Place – Mr & Mrs Adams
Second Place – Mr & Mrs O’Brien
First Place – Mr T Gilbert

Best Business Premises (award donated by Rutland Chamber of Trade)
Third Place – Rutland Health & Beauty / The Beauty Shop
Second Place – Nature’s Dispensary
First Place – Oakham Oriental Rugs

Best Licensed Premises
Third Place – The Grainstore
Second Place – The Wheatsheaf
First Place – The Whipper-In

Best Floral Display on Judging Route (award donated by Lands End Direct Merchants)
Mrs Sylvia Hammond – Cricket Lawns

Chairman’s Award
Each year, Oakham In Bloom’s Chairman chooses an individual to receive an award for their contribution to Oakham In Bloom projects.
This year, the award was given to Oliver Hemsley from Paint it or Plant It for the outstanding contribution that Oliver and all his staff at Paint It or Plant It  gave to Oakham In Bloom in 2012.

Thanking Sponsors of 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).

The Peacock’s New Home

Today the peacock was installed in its new home at the back of Oakham Library.

Tomorrow volunteers will begin filling the body ready for the planting, the design of which has been created by Oakham In Bloom’s gardening co-ordinator, Teresa Thompson.

Many thanks to Paint It Or Plant It for taking care of it over winter and for the careful movement and installation.

Thanks also to the many organisations who have already donated – if your business or organisation would like to donate please contact us for further details. All sponsors will be permanently remembered on a plaque at the library.

Moving the Peacock

Moving the Peacock into place

Heard about the Bird?!

Oakham In Bloom volunteers are very excited about their new 2012 project which is soon to be installed and planted in the gardens at the back of Oakham Library.

Last year the Oakham In Bloom committee were invited to Ashwell prison to see if they could make use of any of the old gardening items left after its closure and when they saw the peacock they just knew it would make a fantastic centrepiece for somewhere in town. But where?!

Old photos of the peacock were found – such a dramatic eye-catching planted sculpture – and this made the committee even more determined to find a new home.

Oakham Town Council and Rutland County Council were very supportive of the idea and a suitable site at Oakham Library was agreed.

With the help of Paint It or Plant It, a local garden and landscaping business, the peacock was dug out from its old location, hauled on to a trailer and moved to storage for the winter.

The Parks and Gardens department at Nottingham City Council have offered advice and ideas – they have considerable experience and knowledge with such projects as they are responsible for a number of displays in Nottingham and the Oakham In Bloom committee are extremely grateful for their support.

Now it’s Spring it’s time for the peacock to come out of hiding! The structure will be installed in the next couple of weeks, followed by full planting of the peacock’s body and large tail in April.

The design and planting plan has been created by Teresa Thompson, Oakham In Bloom’s Gardening Co-ordinator, who has been responsible for a number of Oakham’s award-winning gardens, including the Prairie Garden at the Library and the courtyard garden at the Museum.

Teresa has chosen a vibrant, regal colour scheme in celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee – the body will be planted with approximately 2500 sedums and sempervivums for rich greens and purples, while the tail will be a beautiful design planted with purple salvias, scarlet geraniums and begonias, and golden marigolds. As with all our projects great attention has been paid to using sustainable planting wherever possible.

The full project is estimated at approximately £5000 and will be funded entirely from donations and sponsorship from local businesses and supporters. We anticipate that the pecock will become a permanent feature at the back of the Library, becoming a part of Oakham In Bloom’s regular maintenance by volunteers.

Sponsorship is a minimum donation of £250 – a one-off payment to establish the peacock during it’s first year. Sponsors will be listed on a sponsors sign at the library, a permanent reminder of all those who support the project.

If you would like further details about sponsorship please contact us at info@oakhaminbloom.org.uk