Uppingham in Bloom
Gold Medal Winners
By Local Volunteers
with a Passion for Flowers
Uppingham in Bloom: Community Floriculture


The RHS wants to enrich everyone's life through plants and make the UK a greener, more beautiful place. By inspiring, involving, informing and improving they work toward growing excellence in horticulture. The RHS mission is underpinned and driven by a sheer love of plants and the belief that gardeners make the world a better place.

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For everyone from keen gardeners to families, Barnsdale is an inspiring place to visit at any time of the year. With Britain's largest collection of individually designed gardens, it's teeming with great ideas. Enjoy thirty-eight individual gardens in an eight-acre site, there's certainly plenty to in this theme-park for gardeners!

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Welland Vale Garden Centre is located on the outskirts of Uppingham, Rutland, Leicestershire. NOW OPEN! to the public. Our Garden Centre offers an extensive range of quality home grown plants shrubs, climbers, perennial, herbaceous, garden ware from pots to statues from bird baths to stone benches, inspirational displays and gift ware.

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Project News 2018

Judging Day for this year’s RHS Britain in Bloom Regional Competition was on Monday 9th July. Uppingham is entered into the hotly contested “Small Town” category. The winner of each category will be entered in to the National Competition in 2019. We have been working hard on multiple projects this year, some short term, some long […]

Fundraising Lunch & Community Volunteer Fair

October 13th 2018 – 11am – 3pm, Uppingham Town Hall Hosted by Mayor of Uppingham, Cllr Miranda Jones Come to the Town Hall on 13th October and find out more about local organisations in need of your support. Uppingham in Bloom will be serving lunch from 12pm – 2-courses for £6.50 cooked by Uppingham School’s […]

Weeding and Planting Care – Dates

Monthly Sunday meet-ups for weeding and plant maintenance. All welcome! Meet 10am in the Market Square Sunday October 14th Sunday November 4th Sunday December 9th  

Local Charity Event

In aid of local research charity “HOPE Against Cancer” enjoy afternoon Tea with Heather Jacks, winner of the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee 2014. Heather is an artist, musician, fanatical stitcher and dressage rider/trainer. A lover of fashion, Vivienne Westwood and Dior.

Winter Warmer Success

Despite fewer numbers this year, those who came to support Uppingham in Bloom had a fabulous lunch and were treated to a great selection of homemade cakes and our ever popular Tombola. Thank you to all the helpers. Great job!!

Winter Warmer Lunch

Join us for the Uppingham in Bloom “Winter Warmer Lunch” on Saturday, 30th January, 2016. Enjoy a two course meal, of a choice of homemade soup and Bains’ bread, with a jacket potatoe and choice of filling.

An Evening with Nick Hamilton

Uppingham in Bloom presents “An evening with Nick Hamilton“.  If you think you know Barnsdale Gardens… think again! Nick shares stories, inspiration and laughter from Rutland’s award winning garden designer. Wednesday 6th April 2016 The Mark Glatman lecture theatre. Uppingham school, new science building. Stockerston Rd, Uppingham Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £7.50 […]

W.I. Bring and Buy Sale

Saturday, 7th November from 10.00am until 12 noon. Join us at the Gerrard Court Community Centre. It’s just 50p entrance fee to the W.I. Bring and Buy Sale… all for a good cause!

Britain in Bloom Awards 2015

Last night, Uppingham were awarded Silver Gilt in their first attempt at Britain in Bloom in the small town category. We are delighted with this result, and feedback from the judges today, told us we were not far off the Gold!! Let’s keep up the support and hard work to make it happen next year. […]

2015 Uppingham in Bloom Ball

The 2015 “Uppingham in Bloom Ball” is to be held on Saturday, 3rd October at the Falcon Hotel. We’re all looking forward to it. It’s a good excuse to celebrate our success and let our hair down after all our hard work.   

East Midlands in Bloom Award Ceremony

What a fantastic result for Uppingham in Bloom this year! Gold, and overall winners of small town category!  Rutland Water Golf Club did us proud. Thanks to them for hosting the award ceremony. All the hard work of the team has paid off. Thanks to everyone who helps and supports us. Britain in Bloom next!!!! […]

Not to Be Missed

Come and enjoy wonderful hospitality at the Falcon hotel, for our 2015 “Uppingham in Bloom” Annual Ball. This fundraiser is always a great night out, with fabulous food, surroundings and live band. We also hold a raffle on the night with great prizes, so grab a gang of friends and make an evening of it!

Sun Shines for Britain in Bloom Judges

After a sunny tour around the town in a pimped up Uppingham School minibus, the Judges were treated to a splendid lunch at the Uppingham Cricket Club prepared by Bloom committee members. The Mayor, Dave Ainslie, welcomed the Judges and thanked all the Volunteers for their hard work in making the town look fabulous. Representatives […]

Britain in Bloom Judges Visit Uppingham

The Judges have arrived in Uppingham and are staying overnight in the Lake Isle Hotel prior to judging the town tomorrow. Who knows, they may even be wandering around our lovely town this evening. They may get to wander past The Garden Hotel and get a glimpse of their beautiful display (below). Fingers crossed for […]

Flower and Produce Show FUNdraising

Uppingham Fete, Flower & Produce 2016 Annual Show from 1-5pm on Sunday the 7th August. A great afternoon for all the family in the heart of Uppingham on Tod’s Piece. The traditional Show Tent for entrants to showcase their gardening, baking and artistic abilities, trade stalls, food and drink stalls including Pimms Tent, Fun Dog […]

Britain in Bloom Judge Uppingham 

It’s time to countdown! There are only 5 days to go before the Britain in Bloom judges will be visiting our lovely town of Uppingham. “We had to keep the standard up after the regionals,” said Pam. “The whole place looked really tidy and the judges seemed to appreciate the whole day. “We’re now keeping […]

Front Garden Competition

All Uppingham gardeners are invited to enter their front gardens or nominate a deserving neighbours garden. We will be judging on August 18th in the afternoon, so keep weeding! Uppingham committee chairman Karen Emery expects a high standard of entries. Judges from the East Midlands in Bloom committee will visit the town on Thursday and […]

WWI Commemoration Bed

New willow poppies, one for each of Uppingham’s fallen. Six in the first two years. Sadly many more to come next year and the year after. Poppy bunting knitted by the WI. There’s also a fabulous and timely display by Uppingham In Bloom on Ayston Road, there’s also commemorative wicker poppies elsewhere in town to […]

Judging Day 2015

East Midlands in Bloom Judges visit the town and are treated to lunch afterwards at the Cricket Club. Last year Uppingham was the Gold winner in the East Midlands in Bloom competition and judging day for this year’s competition is on Thursday July 9th. A very dedicated band of volunteers has been out every week […]

Poppy Reinstated!

After vandals bent and broke the Poppy, it has been mended by Josh and reinstated on Dairy Corner with extra fixings. We hope it stays where it is for some time to come now!  Each year, in early November some 30,000 Legion volunteers take to the streets with poppies and collecting boxes, raising millions of […]