Not sure this fits the criteria for hanging basket but it has surely got to win a comedy prize for innovation for best use of a supermarket shopping basket!? 

On a more serious note entries for this year’s Thornton Heath in Bloom are now closed and judges will be pounding the streets assessing pots, plants, baskets and planters as part of this year’s competition.

 The competition which is in its fourth year is organised by Thornton Heath Community Action Team and judging takes place up until July 16.

This years hotly contended categories include best front garden, business frontage or organisation, concrete front space, children’s plants or vegetables and the new category most attractive THCAT street planter.

On the hanging basket front ASKI are really setting the standard and will be difficult to beat with this beautiful array of colour outside their Brigstock Road premises but anyone who has driven  down Beulah Road will have seen last year’s business frontage winner Wilsons Garage which will be one to beat.

Other contenders will be the brightly coloured displays infront of the Salvation Army and the Prince George pub.

The competition for best THCAT street planter will also be fiercely contested with neighbouring streets battling it out for the honours.

The event which is part of Thornton Heath Arts Week includes a ceremony which all entrants are invited to on July 17 at 7pm at St Andrew’s Church Hall on Quadrant Road with an array of prizes for the winners.