BUDDING gardeners are invited to sharpen their shears and enter the 21st annual Ealing in Bloom competition.
Allotment owners, schools, householders and restaurants are encouraged to enter this year's competition which will see winners awarded at a prestigious ceremony at the Town Hall in September.
The popular Ealing in Bloom awards cover front and back gardens, patios and balconies, best improved and neighbour-hood gardens, floral art, allotment plots, schools and licensed and commercial premises.
Previous winners include The Lantern Taverna, The Red Lion pub, Ealing Synagogue and Meadow House Hospice.
The President of the Ealing In Bloom committee, Mayor of Ealing, Cllr Ian Green, officially launched this year's event and chair of the committee, Cllr Nigel Sumner said: "The aim of Ealing in Bloom is to make the borough a brighter and more attractive place in which to live and work.
"The awards evening is a very popular event and really brings the gardening community together.
"Gardening is good for the mind, body and soul and we want to encourage as many people as possible to enter this year's competition."
Entry forms are available from the Town Hall, Perceval House, Ealing libraries, and by phoning the Ealing in Bloom hot-line on 020 8992 2648.
Allotment entries should be in by May 18 and other categories entries by May 29.