Judges for the East Midlands in Bloom competition are set to visit the area over the next couple of weeks.
Oakham in Bloom volunteers will be the first to welcome the judges on Tuesday afternoon, who will tour the town on foot and by car.
This year’s route will include the following: Oakham Castle, Market Place and Market Street; High Street; Gaol Street; Catmose Street and the Library; Rutland County Museum; Catmose Arboretum and Council Offices; The Bypass; Burley Road and Bull Lane; Stamford Road; Uppingham Road; Cricket Lawns; Brooke Road; Tyne Road, Trent Road and Welland Way; Barleythorpe Road and Lands’ End Way.
Chairman Chris Morten said: “Oakham is looking wonderful already, but we’d be delighted if all residents and businesses, especially those on the route, could spend a little time checking their gardens and premises to keep them clear of litter and weeds ahead of judging day.”
Nominate your favourite gardens and floral displays for a special award by visiting www.oakhaminbloom.org.uk or by calling Angie Humphreys on 01572 756120.
The judges will visit Uppingham on Thursday, taking in key areas including the community garden, Uppingham School, Leighfield Primary, the Market Place, the sensory garden in the park, Northgate, and various planting projects.
The Uppingham in Bloom committee is hoping to match the gold it won last year.
Deputy chairman Pat Dalby said it was grateful to everyone who helped make Uppingham a beautiful place to live, work and visit.
And Bourne will be judged the following week on Monday, July 13. Bourne Town Clerk Nelly Jacobs is hoping to hear from volunteers to get the town ready. Call 01778 426123 to find out more.