2016 Judging Route

Volunteers meet East Midlands In Bloom judges at the Library

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.

The Peacock’s New Clothes

Peacock - New Willow BreastThe planting on the Peacock’s chest was proving very difficult to maintain with plants struggling to survive and falling out as a result.

We approached Rutland Willows, who created and maintain the Spitfire on the bypass, to see if they could provide a willow solution for the Peacock… they have provided the most wonderful design that helps us avoid the need for planting, but compliments the planting on the rest of the Peacock.

2015 Judging Route Announced

Volunteers working on the flowerbeds at Oakham LibraryOakham 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
Melton Road
High Street
Gaol Street
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
Stamford Road
Uppingham Road
Cricket Lawns
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
Barleythorpe 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.

Getting Ready for 2015

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 >>

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).