MALVERN in Bloom is looking for green-fingered locals who take pride in their gardens to join its annual residents’ competition.

The local competitions are separate from the town’s main entry into the Heart of England in Bloom campaign.

They aim to include gardens of all shapes and sizes, especially those that may be hidden away from public viewing.

The contest usually attracts a bumper crop of entries and is open to people of all experience, from veteran gardeners to total novices.

As well as all the usual classes, including best front and rear garden, best courtyard and best hanging baskets or containers, judges are introducing a few new ideas this year.

Maggie Williams, from the Malvern in Bloom committee and one of the competition organisers, said: “There are entry categories to suit everyone.

“These include this year for the first time the “Edible Garden”, reflecting the nationwide interest in growing your own.”

The deadline for entries is Monday, June 24.

Judges are due to make their rounds on Thursday, July 4.

Mrs Williams explained: “Judges will be looking for colour, variety, visual impact and originality.”

Last year’s overall winner was Pam Cubberley, of Watkins Way, whose hanging baskets and tubs were hailed by judges as “absolutely fabulous”.

For anyone looking to follow in her footsteps, entry forms can be obtained from Malvern Tourist Information Centre, in Church Street, or by calling Lyndsey Davies on 01684 566667.

Alternatively you can email