2013 will see a new planting scheme for the Spitfire flowerbed on the bypass, with a new wildflower bed replacing the roses.
Volunteers from Wing Grange, led by Jackie King, will be organising the project over the coming months.
Roses and other plants currently in the bed will be cared for and used for other Oakham In Bloom projects around the town.
The Battle of Britain bed on the bypass was such a talking point with visitors and residents that Oakham In Bloom were delighted to take on the long-term maintenance and funding from the RAF Association to keep the bed and the Spitfire sculpture.
With the Spitfire back in place following refurbishment by John Shone of Rutland Willows, Oakham In Bloom volunteers and Paint It & Plant It set to work on the planting.
The bed is now planted with roses and euonymous – sustainable plants to ensure longevity of the bed and also meet the environmental aims of Oakham In Bloom.
Designer Teresa Thompson described her inspiration: “The spiral design of planting represents the spinning of propellers, the red and yellow roses are for the flames of the Blitz, and the evergreen euonymus that define the pattern are for the fortitude of the British people.”