HILLINGDON In Bloom was launched on Tuesday at the Rural Activities Garden Centre, West Drayton Road.

The free gardening competition is open to all residents and businesses in the borough, and the council is encouraging entries for the many different categories.

Gardening enthusiast Shan Baker, from Uxbridge, attended the launch and is looking forward to entering the competition again.

In previous years, she and her husband Phil have won the Roome Cup, awarded to the garden judged to be making the greatest contribution to wildlife conservation.

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Shan said: “We have a small garden, but it’s a corner of local interest and a bit of nature in the middle of town.

“We now have blackbirds, blue tits and collared doves who have now taken up residence. I do hope our garden inspires others to enter Hillingdon In Bloom.”

All entries for Hillingdon In Bloom must be submitted by Friday, June 14. The winners will be announced at the autumn show on September 21 at the Great Barn, Bury Street, Ruislip.