Blooming Oundle is a new volunteer project initiated by Transition Oundle and Oundle Business Association to encourage people to take responsibility for improving the public spaces around Oundle. The last few months have seen neglected areas and town centre spaces transformed by the group’s extra care and attention.
Since its launch in January, more than fifty volunteers have been hard at work planning their programme, and cleaning, redesigning, planting and tidying areas across town. Their mission is to improve the local environment and protect the town’s green spaces.
The Town Tidy-up Team, led by Myra Hales, addressed Northants Highway’s neglect of seven bus shelters with buckets and sponges, cleaning off bird poo, moss, green algae, cobwebs and graffiti. They also cleaned street furniture and scrubbed off accumulated grime on the five welcome signs at the road junctions into town.
Another team of experienced gardeners led by Lydia Jones, Ali Winbolt and Ali Lloyd have planted up containers around town with drought tolerant herbs and free flowering plants. They planned a colour scheme of pink, mauve and white, and have made creative use of different planting containers to add interest to displays. Their use of former beer barrels is not only practical, but makes reference to the brewing industry that once flourished in town.
On Cotterstock Road, Talia Borley has built a community seed swap where gardeners can share vegetable and flower seeds with each other.
The team is also supporting a gardening club at Oundle Library.
“The Blooming Oundle project has really ignited a spark in people who want to clean up and green up our beautiful market town,” said Paul Eveleigh, Chair of the Oundle Business Association.
The group welcomes any volunteers who want to get involved.
Blooming Oundle was kick-started with National Lottery Community Funding, with additional funding from the Oundle Town Council and Oundle Business Association.
Donations from a number of local companies, include Buttercups Florists, The Cycle Technician, The Splined Hub, Nene Valley Tree Services, Nene Valley Brewery, The Barn Garden Centre and Coles Builders Merchants.