Green fingered council tenants and leaseholders across the city are invited to battle it out in Birmingham City Council’s annual gardening competition. Birmingham in Bloom gives prizes for glorious gardens, best balconies and baskets, prettiest pots and voluminous veg.

Lord Mayor Cllr Raymond Hassall, who will present the winners with their prizes at the Council House in November, said: “Birmingham in Bloom is a fantastic way to recognise those who have helped to make their neighbourhoods more attractive.

“Some bring colour to their communities with beautiful gardens and balconies and some have worked together to create community vegetable patches or communal gardens.

“I look forward to seeing this year’s nominations.”

Gardeners can nominate themselves or take a back seat and let family and friends do it on their behalf.

Entry forms are available online at or at neighbourhood offices, libraries or leisure centres and the closing date is 14 August 2015.