Root out those gardening gloves and go potty with those plants, as residents, schools and publicans have until Monday 2 July 2018 to enter this years Woking in Bloom!

The annual horticultural competition brings together businesses, community groups, residents and schools to provide creative ways to make Woking a brighter, greener place to live, work and visit.

To be in with a chance of potting an award, green fingered gardeners can choose to enter one of seven main categories and two special awards. These include best front garden, best hanging basket, best tub or container, best floral pub, best kept community garden, best school garden and best newcomer.

There is a special prize for the garden which attracts the most creepy-crawlies in the Local Agenda 21 Best Wildlife Garden category. This category is aimed at entrants who take an environmentally friendly approach to the maintenance of their gardens and use green alternatives to herbicides and pesticides.

In all categories, however, the judges will be paying close attention to the environmental practices such as peat-free soil, compositing, water butts and wormeries.

With 2018 marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, judges will also be looking for imaginative ways to use flowers, trees, shrubs and landscaping that reflect this historical landmark.

Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, Woking Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, said: "The Woking in Bloom competition has such a positive impact as it creates a strong sense of community spirit and pride of place, whilst at the same time helps to make Woking a greener place to live and visit. It's a marvellous way to encourage people to take care of the environment.

"There is a category for everyone to inspire gardening enthusiasts across the borough to take part. We are also encouraging those who enter to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War by theming their designs."

The event is organised by Woking Borough Council and is sponsored by environmental maintenance company, Serco, Squires Garden Centres and Lansbury Business Estate.

Judging will take place in July and entry is free. The awards ceremony will be held in September, where prizes for the successful winners of each category will be presented by the Mayor of Woking.

Application forms are available from the Civic Offices and local libraries or you can apply online.

For further information, please contact Andy Calfe, Woking Borough Council's Neighbourhood Manager, on 01483 743451 or email andy.calfe@woking.gov.uk