Botanic Garden in East Midlands in Bloom competition

For the past 8 years Oadby & Wigston has achieved a Gold Award for the Borough’s entry into East Midlands in Bloom. The University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden takes pride of place in this effort.

On Wednesday 11 July, East Midlands in Bloom judges will be in Oadby & Wigston borough. Following a tour of the borough, which will include the Oadby Village student allotment, the judges will finish their programme with a visit to the picturesque Botanic Garden in Oadby guided by a member of the garden staff.

Director of the Botanic Garden Dr Gornall said: “We are delighted to be a part of the East Midlands in Bloom competition. We pride ourselves on being the most diverse garden in the region and hope the judges will find much of interest to them. The key features of the Garden include the water, parterre, sandstone, rock and fuchsia gardens, and the desert and tropical greenhouses.”

Simon Lucas, Chairman of Pride of the Borough, the organising group for the East Midlands in Bloom entry commented that “we only have 3 hours to show the judges around our borough and there is so much going on it is very difficult to find time to include everything, but we couldn’t miss the wonderful Botanic Garden and are pleased to have found time to make a short visit to the Student Village allotment.”

Councillor David Carter added: “This is a fantastic opportunity to show the partnership work that goes on between the council, Pride of the Borough, other voluntary organisations and businesses to improve the environment of Oadby & Wigston.”

The competition is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

  • More about the Botanic Garden here
  • More information about Pride of the Borough and the East Midlands in Bloom Competition can be found here
  • Press release