Peacock will star in Oakham town’s bloom efforts

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THE hedges have been clipped, the grass trimmed and the flowers are in bloom in Oakham to mark another year’s hard work by a group of volunteers.

The East Midlands in Bloom judges will visit Oakham on Thursday to assess the town for this year’s competition.

The route has been meticulously planned so that the judges take in the best of the town which is kept in pristine order throughout the year by the team from Oakham in Bloom.

But they are still appealing for the help of residents to give the town that extra touch.

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 and allotments.

The route will include Oakham Castle, Market Street, Market Place, Church Passage, All Saints Church, Cutts Close and the bandstand, Burley Road allotments, The Whipper-In garden, Rutland County Council grounds and arboretum, Oakham Library sensory garden, prairie garden, the peacock and volunteers’ flowerbeds, Rutland County Museum courtyard garden, the bypass and 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, Mill Street, Northgate, Sandringham Close, Tyne Road, Trent Road, Uppingham Road, Welland Way and West Road.

The Oakham In Bloom volunteers will add an extra session to their normal gardening sessions on Wednesday starting at 6pm from Oakham Library which will be a last-minute check for weeds and litter.

New volunteers are welcome to join the party.

A sign at the peacock outside Oakham Library was unveiled yesterday to thank sponsors who made its arrival in Oakham possible.

Sponsors raised a fantastic amount to move the peacock structure from its former Ashwell Prison home to the library gardens.

The peacock project was Oakham in Bloom’s biggest this year and they are hoping it will wow the judges when they visit next week.