East Midlands In Bloom’s Visit to Oakham

Volunteers meet East Midlands In Bloom judges at the Library

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

 

Incredible Edible Oakham

Oakham In Bloom is delighted to announce its support for Transition Rutland’s new project ‘Incredible Edible’.

Transition Rutland are working in partnership with Oakham In Bloom, and have already gained permission to turn the pots at Rutland Plastics, Oakham, into community vegetable patches.

The project aims to bring people together and, through actions around local food, help change behaviour toward the environment.

The Incredible Edible ethos has been taken up by communities all over the world, with local people coming together in their own time to turn unloved pieces of land into community gardens growing food to share.

FREE EVENT – WEDNESDAY 6 MARCH – RUTLAND COUNTY MUSEUM

Incredible Edible Oakham (linking in with the Incredible Edible movement), will be launched with a film screening entitled ‘Growing Change’ on Wednesday 6th March, (7.15pm for 7.30pm) at Rutland County Museum, Catmose Street, Oakham. Entry is FREE and all are welcome.

Growing Change is a journey that aims to understand why the current food systems leave hundreds of millions of people in hunger. How will the world feed itself in the future in the face of major environmental challenges?

The film tells the story of how Venezuela developed a more equitable and sustainable food and agricultural system after decades of government neglect of agriculture. What are the lessons we can learn from Venezuela’s food revolution?

This is an inspirational story full of lively characters, thought provoking insights, stunning scenery and ideas to transform the food system.

For more about Incredible Edible Oakham visit www.transitionrutland.org.uk/incredible-edible-oakham

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.