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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.


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!!!!



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 tomorrow!

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 results will be announced on September 14. She also thanked the Uppingham School Gardening Team for their help with the planting and maintenance of the towns floral displays and the volunteers who help with weeding and general up keep of the town.

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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 remember the fallen.

WW1 WEEKEND – great event at Easton on the Hill on Saturday, really nice balance of remembrance reenactment and history.  Also a parade took place from Oakham to Langham, soldiers marched from Oakham onto Melton when recruited.  Had a great day at Easton on the Hill’s commemoration event on Saturday, from the fly pasts of the Tiger Moth and Pitts Special to the re-enactors and the excellent exhibition in the village hall, well done to everyone involved.  The service which began the day had good support too.


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 weeding and planting and sprucing up the town. If your house is on the judging route you may have received a notification asking for you to do your bit to help the town retain the trophy.

This year Uppingham is also a finalist in the National competition, judging for which takes place on Tuesday 11th August. Uppingham in Bloom welcomes any and all support.


Wild flowers at the old Police Station

Buzzing with insects this morning!

Uppingham Police Station was closed and then sold in a bid by Leicestershire Police to save £300,000 a year. The building, in Leicester Road, was one of 12 police stations across Rutland and Leicestershire which was sold, or had their the lease agreements ended. But police have assured residents that they intend to maintain a presence in the town.


Judging Day 2015!

Judging Day! The Uppingham in Bloom committee have their fingers crossed until October after a visit from the judges in the national competition. Two Britain in Bloom judges visited the town on Tuesday. Uppingham qualified for the national contest after winning gold in last year’s East Midlands in Bloom.

Judging day!!







How Uppingham in Bloom started

Uppingham in Bloom was started in 1983 by local shopkeepers and business people with a view to making the area more attractive to locals and visitors alike.

Over the years this has been accomplished by the efforts of volunteers from all walks of life, ranging through local residents, traders, professional people, as well as Uppingham School, all happy to do their bit to improve the local surroundings.

Flower beds, baskets and green areas are weeded, planted and kept in good order, bringing colour and interest to the streets. A sensory garden, which won a special award from East Midlands in Bloom, has recently been planted on Tods Piece. The Falcon Hotel, opposite the Market Place are loyal supporters of Uppingham in Bloom and have themselves won a Gold Award for Best Hotel Garden in 2013.

Uppingham in Bloom town won several awards over the years, the last being silver gilt and joint first place in East Midlands In Bloom.

Falcon Garden Gold Award 2013

 The Falcon Hotel is a stunning 16th Century coaching inn that is the pride of Uppingham’s historic Market Place. The charming hotel is situated just four miles from the shores of Rutland Water in the heart of the natural splendours of Rutland.

Having been fully refurbished to its original splendour, the Falcon is now an elegant and welcoming place to enjoy a restful break, high tea in the afternoon or a wonderful evening meal. With it’s unique market town location there is no better place to hold your wedding reception, corporate event, or just a relaxing weekend.

Each room in the Falcon has been lovingly renovated with tasteful décor; our rooms have unique touches; such as hand-picked original furniture and plush fabrics, while the Main Lounge and Tap Bar are welcoming areas to enjoy food or a beverage, with wood-burning fires and cosy sofas. The Falcon is certainly every bit the home from home.

Gold winner for East Midlands in Bloom awards 2013 and 2014.


Terrace Garden

Unusual Flowers

British gardens are set to turn a shade of black next summer after horticulturists developed the world’s first black petunia plant.

The dramatic new flowers, named Black Velvet, were developed using natural breeding techniques to turn them a dark black colour and will be on sale at a premium price of £2-£3 per plant. The rare plants, which have taken four years to perfect, are due to blossom in British gardens for the first time next spring.



Uppingham in Bloom Ball, 2013

This year’s Uppingham in Bloom Ball took place at the Falcon Hotel on 28th September, 2013. Front garden competition winners were presented with their prizes before the ball by Richard Harman, Headmaster of Uppingham School. Photographers from Sonara Studios and Rutland Pride magazine were in attendance.

The Falcon did us proud again, with the room looking fantastic and a delicious dinner for the guests. Breeze, the band, got everyone dancing and singing along. A fantastic array of raffle prizes donated by local businesses and supporters along with an amazing silent auction for a balloon ride courtesy of Moores Estate Agents made a fantastic amount of money.

All proceeds go towards the cost of planting and watering of our amazing floral displays around the Town.

Summer Planting 2013

New mahonia takes top slot

Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis ‘Soft Caress’ has been hailed the Plant of the Year 2013.

The judges were won over by its unusual, delicate ferny foliage and lemon-yellow, scented blooms. The blue berries that follow give  an extended season of interest.

Clematis ‘Lemon Dream’ came second place with large, double blooms and third place went to colourful Tropaeolum ‘Fruit Salad’.

Low temperatures and a lack of sunshine meant several entries unfortunately failed to flower in time for the competition but despite this plant types from shrubs through to annuals are represented.


Bains corner

Spring Flowers in the Market Place

During the least colorful part of the year, after the Christmas lights are stashed away and before spring flowers blossom, we console ourselves by looking at seed catalogs or a nice blog post about the flowers to come. I’ve heard that people are seeing daffodil sprouts around town, which is exciting. No blooms yet, at least where I am, but the daffodils (and spring) will be here soon!

Daffodils, Narcissus, jonquils, March blooms, these terms all refer to the flower that comes back every spring on roadsides, hills, and flower gardens over a large part of the Northern Hemisphere. They are a part of the Amaryllis family, and many types grow wild.


Daffs in sprinf
Daffs in sprinf