The Peacock’s New Clothes

Peacock - New Willow BreastThe planting on the Peacock’s chest was proving very difficult to maintain with plants struggling to survive and falling out as a result.

We approached Rutland Willows, who created and maintain the Spitfire on the bypass, to see if they could provide a willow solution for the Peacock… they have provided the most wonderful design that helps us avoid the need for planting, but compliments the planting on the rest of the Peacock.

Take a Tray!

With all the exciting projects we have planned at the moment we need a lot of plants!

To help ease the amount we spend on planting, we have decided to propagate some of our perennials and biennials, ready to plant in the autumn.

Our new ‘Take a Tray’ scheme allows volunteers to care for a tray of seedlings and grow them until they are big enough to transplant into the nursery beds at our new allotment.

You don’t need a greenhouse, just a sheltered well-lit spot out of direct sunlight where the seedlings can grow. All instructions come with the tray.

If you’d like to take part in the scheme please contact us and our gardening co-ordinator will be in touch.

Oakham Scouts Get Greenfingers!

Oakham All Saints Scouts raced against the sunset last night to replant the flowerbeds in the churchyard, they were busy clearing the summer bedding and replacing with colourful pansies for the winter.

The Beavers, Cubs and Scouts maintain the All Saints Church flowerbeds in the churchyard through regular weeding and litter picking, plus planting of summer and winter bedding plants.

Oakham Scots Planting the Flowerbeds   Oakham All Saints Scouts   Oakham Scout Group Prepare to Plant the Churchyard Flowerbeds   Oakham Scouts

 

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Oakham Awarded Silver Gilt

Oakham has been awarded Silver Gilt by East Midlands In Bloom at today’s awards ceremony.

Oakham In Bloom Chairman, Chris Morten, said: “We are thrilled to receive a Silver Gilt Award. It is wonderful to receive such recognition of all the effort and achievements of volunteers, residents and businesses to make Oakham look so good all year round.”

The Oakham In Bloom volunteers were also recognised for their sustained contribution with a special award from the judges.

“I was so proud to accept the special award on behalf of all our dedicated volunteers who work so hard on so many projects,” Chris added.

This year’s East Midlands In Bloom ceremony was hosted by Uppingham In Bloom and held at Rutland Water Golf Course.

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