East Midlands In Bloom’s Visit to Oakham

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.

Museum Garden

 

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).

2012 Judging Route Announced

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
Ashwell Road
Balmoral Road
Barleythorpe Road
Barlow Road
Braunston Road
Brooke Road
Bull Lane
Burley Road
Catmose Street
Church Street
Cold Overton Road
Cricket Lawns
Dean’s Street
Gaol Street
High Street
Lands End Way
Melton Road and the Level Crossing
Mill Street
Northgate
Sandringham Close
Tyne Road
Trent Road
Uppingham Road
Welland Way
West Road

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.

Digital Rutland Commemorative Bed

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.

Digital Rutland

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.

Creating the BedCreating the Bed

Nigel Gates, Derek Bilby, Helen Briggs and Roger Begy

Nigel Gates, Derek Bilby, Helen Briggs and Roger Begy

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