GARDENERS have been given the green light to enter a celebration of their beautiful blooms.
The competition, organised by Durham County Council, aims to brighten up Durham and its surrounding villages and gardens with floral displays.
Those without gardens can use window boxes, plant pots and hanging baskets.
Organisers say the challenge is important this year as Durham is taking part in the Northumbria in Bloom competition and representing the region in the Britain in Bloom finals.
Peter Lee, technical support officer with the council, said: “We have had lots of entries so far, but we would like to encourage even more people to take part and help support Durham’s success in the Northumbria in Bloom and Britain in Bloom UK finals.
“As we approach summer, we look forward to seeing some impressive displays making Durham City an attractive place to live, work and visit.”
There are 13 categories, ranging from best house garden and best floral containers to best business premises or best group environmental project, as well as discretionary awards for special contributions.
Entry is free and forms can be submitted at www.durham.gov.uk/beautifuldurham by June 25, or call 03000 261 000 to request a paper entry form.