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Green-fingered residents are invited to showcase their gardening talents at an annual competition.

North Tyneside in Bloom invites residents, businesses, schools and community groups to exhibit their gardens and outdoor areas.

This is always an exciting time of year and I am looking forward to seeing what all the entries have in store for us.

Coun John Harrison

Categories include from ‘Best young gardener’, ‘Conservation and wildlife’ and ‘Best use of outdoor space’ with the closing date July 3.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for the environment, said: “In North Tyneside, we strive to keep our borough a beautiful place to live, work and visit. We wouldn’t be able to do this without the outstanding effort from so many of our residents.

“This is always an exciting time of year and I am looking forward to seeing what all the entries have in store for us.”

Application forms will be online at www.northtyneside.gov.uk or by calling 0345 2000 101.

Alternatively, email bloom@northtyneside.gov.uk

North Tyneside Homes and Gosforth Garden Centre are sponsoring prizes to the winners in each category.

North Tyneside in Bloom is part of a larger effort by North Tyneside Council to help the borough flourish.

It is accompanied by the council’s annual planting where throughout the borough, over 100,000 spring bulbs including daffodils, tulips and crocuses can be found on roadside verges, and in excess of 151,000 spring plants have been planted in flower tubs and beds.

The annual planting programme also includes 132,000 summer bedding plants, introduced around June.