Oakham blooms in national finals

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OAKHAM has been awarded a Silver-Gilt in the Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom competition.

The East Midlands in Bloom award winning town fought off some tough competition from all over the country for the accolade and despite not winning, representatives were still delighted with the result.

Chairman of Oakham in Bloom Maureen Dodds of Ranksborough Hall, Langham, said: “It has been a fantastic experience being involved in the Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom campaign this year and we have learnt a lot.

“Being nominated to enter the national finals was the result of many hours of work over the last 12 months by all involved – school children, volunteers, businesses and councils – indeed the whole community and I would like to thank them all for their efforts.

“Without their support and encouragement we would not have been in the national finals at all.”

Volunteers even went the extra mile and decorated empty shop windows to make the town centre look blooming.

The awards were held in Fife, Scotland, last night.

Winner of the “town” category was Rustington in West Sussex.

Visit the Britain in Bloom website