Bloomin’ Roadworks

Everyone around town is getting fed up with the roadworks, so Oakham In Bloom volunteers are keen to bring some floral fun to our planting this year… our theme is Bloomin’ Roadworks!

We’re delighted to have teamed up with local group Men in Sheds, who are making wooden planters, wheelbarrows and triangles for our volunteers to fill with our summer planting.

Our regular volunteers will also be joined by Oakham Brownies, who will be decorating some of the triangles and wheelbarrows.

The first of the planters will be planted on our Big Summer Planting Day on Sunday 4 June – everyone is welcome to come and lend a hand.  We’ll start at 10.30am at the Library – please bring hand tools, kneelers and friends!

Please note that the BBC will be with us that day to film for their new programme, so if you are bringing children and would like them to be on camera, please contact us for a form that both parents/guardians need to sign.  If you’d like to be on camera please avoid wearing clothes with logos/brands and anything white or with stripes.

For any volunteers not wanting to be on camera please just let us know and we’ll arrange for you to plant in areas that will not be filmed.

Rutland Independence Anniversary Celebrated with Jeffery Hudson

Oakham In Bloom were delighted to celebrate 20 years of Rutland independence with a special project featuring Jeffery Hudson!

Several months ago, Michael Walton, son of the late owners of Hudson’s Cottage, kindly donated a statue of Jeffery Hudson to the town of Oakham.

The statue previously stood in the garden of the cottage on Melton Road, but it was decided to relocate it to the courtyard garden of Rutland County Museum.

Jeffery Hudson in the Rutland County Museum Garden

The statue was a little worse for wear after so many years exposed to all weathers, so Oakham In Bloom embarked on a project to restore it, with local sculptor Mo Gardner taking on the challenge.

A special unveiling ceremony was held on Saturday 1 April, where Oakham In Bloom volunteers were joined by over 100 guests, including town dignitaries, Museum staff, local school pupils and Michael Walton and his guests.

Chris Morten, Chair of Oakham In Bloom, and his wife Marilyn, also an Oakham In Bloom volunteer, revealed the new Jeffery Hudson!

Jeffery now stands proudly in the Museum garden, beneath him is a time capsule containing photographs of Joan and Roy Walton and memories of their lives, together with a letter to the future by the pupils of Brooke Hill Academy, some school badges and other Rutland artefacts, including a regimental cap badge in the shape of a Rutland horseshoe.

As part of the project, the garden’s planting has been refreshed for summer 2017 by Oakham In Bloom’s Craig Howat and his team of gardening volunteers.

Guests at the unveiling of the Jeffery Hudson statue

Guests enjoyed a reception and Italian-style buffet kindly provided by Michael Walton and Italian catering students who travelled to Rutland especially for the event.

The project was funded by Michael Walton and Oakham In Bloom.

Chris Morten   Craig Howat

Further photographs can be found on our Facebook page.

All Saints Memorial Garden Redesigned

Oakham In Bloom have completed one of their largest projects to date by completely renovating the All Saints Church Memorial Garden.

With shrubs and trees taking over the garden, and struggling as a result of becoming cramped and restricted, parishioners were keen to redesign the garden to provide a tranquil area for remembrance of loved ones.

Oakham In Bloom volunteers were delighted to take on the project, which was funded by Oakham Memorial Institute, a generous donation from a parishioner, and Oakham In Bloom.

Work began several weeks ago with Oakham In Bloom arranging for the old shrubs, trees and plants to carefully be removed without affecting the church building, and we are very grateful to Paint It or Plant It for carrying out this work.

A new design was created and last weekend the Oakham In Bloom volunteers, together with parishioners, completed the planting.

Volunteers plant All Saints Memorial Garden

Volunteers and parishioners are very much looking forward to Spring, when the planting will start to flourish, creating the peaceful haven that families wish for.

The Memorial Garden will continue to be cared for under Oakham In Bloom’s regular maintenance sessions.

Volunteers at All Saints Church

Oakham Awarded Silver Gilt

We are delighted to announce that Oakham was awarded Silver Gilt in this year’s East Midlands in Bloom competition!

A huge thank you to everyone in town, especially our dedicated volunteers who spend many, many hours all year round to keep our town looking fabulous!

Judge Simon Lucas awarded more points than last year (also Silver Gilt) and gave us some very valuable feedback – we’re excited to start putting his recommendations into action for next year’s competition.

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.