Growing places

A huge thank you to the volunteers from Blooming Oundle who recently extended the flower bed in front of Oundle Library and planted some spring bulbs. It’s really brightened up the car park and made the library look loved.

Blooming Oundle is a new, voluntary project that’s going to dust off the Covid cobwebs, spruce up our town and give us all something to enjoy as we move into the summer months. The aim is to encourage a ‘can do’ attitude in our community… to fix the things we can fix, take responsibility for improving the public spaces on our doorstep and to connect more people with what is growing around them.

The project’s overarching objectives are to improve the experience and environment for those who visit, live or work in the town. Initiated by Oundle Business Association and local environmental organisation, Transition Oundle, the group only launched in January and has already achieved amazing things. Volunteers met to agree what needed to be done and then, grouped by personal interest, they’ve got stuck in! Things have branched out in several directions, which include:

  • Placing more planters/tubs around the town and ‘taking over’ existing growing spaces, filling them with flowers, vegetables, fruit plants and herbs for the public to pick themselves
  • Tidying up the town – cleaning the bus stops and street furniture, litter picking within the town and its gateway roads
  • Supporting a gardening club at Oundle Library, which is being established for adults who are lonely and socially isolated
  • Organising a town-wide Seed Swap scheme – a free exchange of growing potential, every seed from which is filled with hope!
  • Supporting Oundle Primary School’s gardening initiatives, which ties in with the ‘food to fork’ element of their curriculum
  • Updating and rewriting Oundle’s ‘Tree Walk’ – a mapped route around the town that celebrates its arboreal delights
  • Reinvigorating Oundle’s campaign to Save Fletton Field and protect this precious green space so it can be enjoyed by those who live here.

The Seed Swap cupboard at
11 Cotterstock Road, Oundle

The flower bed at the front of the library will soon be extended and planted with flowers, fruit, herbs etc. and the volunteers are also going to tackle the flower beds surrounding the GP Surgery car park. It won’t be long before the area around Fletton House, the library and doctors’ surgery will be transformed.

Blooming Oundle has been kick-started using National Lottery Community Funding (distributed through the Transition Network) and supported with donations and sponsorship from a number of local companies.

What makes this project special is that every single element will make a visible difference to all of us – whether it’s flowers and plants, or a nicer looking town centre. If you’d like to get involved there are plenty of different ways to help. Just offer the time you can spare and choose the things that interest you most. Contact owl@transitionoundle.org.uk to find out more.

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