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Blooming Oundle

Planting Kindness, Growing Community

We all love our town and now there’s a new initiative to make it even more beautiful. Blooming Oundle is a voluntary project that aims to dust off the Covid cobwebs, spruce the place up and give everyone something to enjoy as we move into the summer months.

The project has been initiated by Oundle Business Association and local environmental organisation, Transition Oundle. It aims to encourage a ‘can do’ attitude in our community… to fix the things we can fix, to take responsibility for improving the public spaces on our doorstep and to connect more people with what is growing around them. Its overarching objectives are to improve the experience and environment for those who visit, live or work in the town.

Based loosely on the achievements of Incredible Edible Todmorden, 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, including Nene Valley Brewery and The Barn Garden Centre.

Since its launch in January, Blooming Oundle has gathered significant momentum. Volunteers met firstly to assess and agree what needed to be done, and then, grouped by personal interest, they’ve got stuck in! The project has 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
  • Tidying up the town – cleaning the street furniture and 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’s 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.

Blooming Oundle is also working with Oundle Town Council, and in due course, will link with their volunteer ‘Wildflower Wardens’.

Every single element of this initiative will make a visible difference to all of us – whether it’s more growing of flowers and plants or a nicer looking local environment. As the saying goes, ‘Many hands make light work’, so 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! Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express your interest.