Have you heard about the fantastic work that the Blooming Oundle team are doing around our local area?
If you are not currently aware of Blooming Oundle, they are a group of volunteers, working hard to improve our beautiful town by:
– growing more flowers, fruit and veg in public spaces
– improving our local environment and protecting green spaces
– encouraging people to enjoy our community initiative.
Last weekend, Nene Valley Tree Services Ltd went along to help out Blooming Oundle tame the bushes, shrubs and trees at the Library and Doctors Surgery. Andy and Pip worked like troopers, alongside the team from Blooming Oundle and spent a busy 6 hours, chopping, sawing and chipping, to allow the beds to be clearer and make way for some fabulous new seedlings to be planted!
Lucy from NVTS HQ had a quick chat with Blooming Oundle’s communications lead Camilla Sherwin, to find out more about the project:
1. Who started the group, when and why?
The Oundle Business Association had the initial spark of the Blooming Oundle idea and had a couple of initial meetings in early 2020 – then Covid struck. In early 2021, inspired by the ideas raised in a talk by Incredible Edible Todmorden, local environmental organisation Transition Oundle secured some funding through the National Lottery’s Covid Recovery Fund and the project sprang into action.
2. What does Blooming Oundle hope to achieve?
We aim to green up and clean up Oundle, connecting more people with what is growing around them, encouraging a ‘can do’ attitude in our community and to taking responsibility for improving the public spaces on our doorstep.
3. How many volunteers do you already have?
There are over 50 people involved – some more than others, and some are businesses, like Nene Valley Tree Services, who have given their time towards the project.
4. Are there any specific skills you are looking for from new volunteers?
Importantly, anyone can join in – we can all pick up litter or help to clean a bench, but likewise, it is great to have people on board who have specific skills – from communications to cultivation to carpentery – we’re sure you can help.
Have you come across any of their amazing work in your area?
If you appreciate all the hard work from the Blooming Oundle team- get in touch with them and let them know. It’ll make their day!
And for anyone wanting to volunteer their services- please get in touch by emailing: