High praise for Uppingham’s golden In Bloom entry

Uppingham in Bloom chairman Karen Emery and Rob Fisher, head gardener at Uppingham School, collect the gold East Midlands in Bloom award from president Doug Stacey. Photo: Richard Adams EMN-140918-125359001
Uppingham in Bloom chairman Karen Emery and Rob Fisher, head gardener at Uppingham School, collect the gold East Midlands in Bloom award from president Doug Stacey. Photo: Richard Adams EMN-140918-125359001
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Two top prizes have been scooped by Uppingham in the East Midlands in Bloom Awards.

The town won gold in the Small Town category and the Falcon Hotel retained its gold title for Best Hotel/Pub Garden, which it won last year.

The town also picked up a Judges Award for its award-winning Heritage Trail.

“We had lots of nice surprises,” said Karen Emery, chairman of the Uppingham in Bloom committee, who attended the awards in Nottingham on Wednesday.

“We are absolutely delighted the town did so well.”

Manager of the Falcon, in Market Place, said: “We’re happy and proud to have won the title for the second year and very pleased the town won gold, too.”
He said their win was down to the work done mainly by gardeners Geoff Lambert and William Lammie.

Mrs Emery said “a lot of effort” had been put into taking the town a step up from last year’s Silver Gilt award.

The town’s WW1 flower beds with willows and poppies were among the striking aspects that vowed the judges.

Mrs Emery said: “We worked very closely with Uppingham School and had a lot of support from the community with weeding and litter picking to ensure the town was kept tidy.

“Uppingham Town Council supported us very well: we just worked as a community.”

Mrs Emery said the community had “worked very hard this year” and paid special tribute to Rob Fisher, head gardener of Uppingham School and her deputy Pal Dolby. “Without their help we would not have got the award this year,” she said.

A celebratory ball will be held on October 3 at the Falcon, where tickets costing £40 per person can be purchased.