In Bloom

Nice initiative from Lewisham Council (although would be great to see a guerrilla gardener category) which says:

We are inviting budding gardeners to take part in this year's Lewisham in Bloom competition. The event encourages people to take part in making the borough a brighter and more attractive place by showing off their horticultural skills and know-how.

Schools, churches, restaurants, pubs, hotels, and businesses are all encouraged to take part. Friends, relatives or neighbours can also nominate a garden or display that they feel deserves recognition.

Entry into the competition is free and categories range from window boxes and balconies to front gardens and communal spaces.

The closing date for all entries this year is 29 June and judging takes place in July. The winners will be announced in the autumn. Entry forms are available online at

First prize is £150, second prize is £100 and third prize in £75.