Results in for Uppingham, Oakham and Bourne in Bloom

Britain in Bloom judges visit Uppingham. From left, James Coper of Uppingham School, judge John Wheatley, Uppingham in Bloom chairman Karen Emery, head gardener at Uppingham School  Rob Fisher, judge Sue Wood, mayor of Uppingham David Ainslie and judge Jeff Bates. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-11-08-15aw001 EMN-151108-161509001

Britain in Bloom judges visit Uppingham. From left, James Coper of Uppingham School, judge John Wheatley, Uppingham in Bloom chairman Karen Emery, head gardener at Uppingham School Rob Fisher, judge Sue Wood, mayor of Uppingham David Ainslie and judge Jeff Bates. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-11-08-15aw001 EMN-151108-161509001

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The results of this year’s East Midlands in Bloom competition have been announced.

Months of hard work came to a head at a ceremony at Rutland Water Golf Club yesterday (September 16).

The Uppingham In Bloom committee hosted the ceremony and was delighted to pick up a gold award for its efforts in the town. Uppingham was also named overall winner of the small town category.

The Uppingham In Bloom committee hosted the ceremony and was delighted to pick up a gold award for its efforts in the town. Uppingham was also named overall winner of the small town category.

Having won gold last year, Uppingham was entered into the national competition this year. Results will be announced on October 16.

Chairman Karen Emery said: “We are exceptionally elated. We’re in the nationals this year so we were hoping to do well. But to win the category after it expanded to take in more towns was absolutely fantastic.”

East Midlands in Bloom judges with Oakham in Bloom volunteers, July 2015. EMN-150907-094327001

East Midlands in Bloom judges with Oakham in Bloom volunteers, July 2015. EMN-150907-094327001

The committee will hold a celebration at the Falcon Hotel on October 3. Tickets are available directly from the venue.

Both Oakham and Bourne won silver gilt awards.

Oakham In Bloom chairman Chris Morten said: “We are thrilled to receive a silver gilt award. It is wonderful to receive such recognition of all the effort and achievements of volunteers, residents and businesses to make Oakham look so good all year round.”

The Oakham In Bloom volunteers were also recognised for their sustained contribution with a special award from the judges.

Bourne in Bloom.  (back) Renata Rzeszutels, Brenda Catlin, Anne Booth and Jenny Holloway. (front) Anthony Delaine-Smith, Ian Sismey and George Georgiou EMN-150107-174202009

Bourne in Bloom. (back) Renata Rzeszutels, Brenda Catlin, Anne Booth and Jenny Holloway. (front) Anthony Delaine-Smith, Ian Sismey and George Georgiou EMN-150107-174202009

“I was so proud to accept the special award on behalf of all our dedicated volunteers who work so hard on so many projects,” Chris added.

Retired Bourne town clerk Nelly Jacobs, who led the Bourne In Bloom efforts, said this year’s award was only six points away from a gold - the closest the town has ever been.

She went to the ceremony with town councillor Judy Smith and said she was delighted with the result.

“We get better with our horticultural displays, with both colour and maintenance.

“The community involvement increases every year and if that continues we will get gold.”