Roll up your sleeves and get your gardening gloves ready for the third Thornton Heath in Bloom. 

The event is once again being organised by Thornton Heath Community Action Team as part of Thornton Heath Art Week.

THCAT is looking for the best and brightest front gardens, concrete spaces and business premises.

As the snow subsides it’s a great time to start planning those winning gardens and preparing pots, planters and hanging baskets.

There will be prizes for the top three categories plus a new section aimed at encouaging children to enter a plant or vegetable which should be left on show for judging in the front garden. Judging takes place between July 5 and 17.

Chair of THCAT Linda Watson, said: “We were really pleased with the number of entries last year from businesses and organisations including schools, pubs and churches as well as from residents.

“We hope that this year even more locals will enter, encouraging or helping their neighbours to join in too.

“We also saw some very creative use of pots and planters to add colour to concrete front gardens.”

The competition is tough as you can see from these previous winning entries (pictured) but it is also a great way to make the area look and feel better.

Linda added: “It makes such a difference to how a street looks and feels when many of the gardens are well cared for and have beautiful plants.

“Please join the competition to help make Thornton Heath a place of which we can feel proud. “

The winners of the competition will be announced at an award ceremony on Wednesday July 18 at Age UK in Brigstock Road.

Further information and entry forms are available on Closing date for entries is July 4.

*If you would  like to plant but can’t afford it THCAT can help providing compost, pots and seeds.