A Wheelie Great Garden

The new Inner Wheel Club garden on the Uppingham Road part of the bypass
The Inner Wheel Club garden on  Uppingham Road

A new garden has been created on Uppingham Road to celebrate the 90th anniversary of The Association of Inner Wheel Clubs of Great Britain and Ireland.

The Inner Wheel Association President this year asked every club in the country to complete a community project using “wheels” to celebrate this special anniversary – the Rutland Club chose to donate to Oakham in Bloom and together they created a round flower bed using a bicycle as its centrepiece alongside the cycle path on Uppingham Road and the bypass.

Rutland President Mary Parkin has coordinated the whole project by successfully ‘wheeling and dealing’ with local suppliers, whom we would like to thank for their generous support. They are: Rose Dejardin (designer of the garden), Palmers of Oakham, Howarth Timber & Building Suppliers of Corby, Gates Nurseries, Christine Davies, Barbara Clements, Oliver Hemsley of Paint it and Plant it.

On Friday 20 June the Inner Wheel members met with Chris Morten, Acting Chairman of Oakham In Bloom, for the official unveiling and handover of the Inner Wheel garden – the area will be maintained by Oakham In Bloom volunteers as part of their regular maintenance programme.

Chris Morten said “It’s wonderful to work with other community organisations and we’re delighted that the Inner Wheel Club chose to share their anniversary with Oakham In Bloom and the town itself. We hope that cyclists in particular will enjoy the garden on their route.”

The Inner Wheel Club meets monthly at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel. Anyone wishing to find out more information about the club, or wishing to join us, please contact secretary Mrs Pat Munro on 01572 723464.

To join Oakham In Bloom as a volunteer gardener or fundraiser please contact Chris Morten on 01572 759108 or email info@oakhaminbloom.org.uk

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
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.