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Green fingers point way to 2017 ‘Tower Hamlets In Bloom’ garden contest now open

PUBLISHED: 12:30 30 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:30 30 May 2017

Whitechapel's Backchurch Lane garden off Commercial Road entry by Andrew Whibely and Gary Howes have won 'biodiversity' category for past five years. Picture: LBTH

Whitechapel's Backchurch Lane garden off Commercial Road entry by Andrew Whibely and Gary Howes have won 'biodiversity' category for past five years. Picture: LBTH

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What bloomin’ lovely colours now that this year’s ‘Tower Hamlets In Bloom’ competition has opened in east London.

Garden of Lady Mico’s Almhouses in Stepney. Picture: REHAN JAMILGarden of Lady Mico’s Almhouses in Stepney. Picture: REHAN JAMIL

The annual gardening contest where green fingers compete for the best managed and perhaps most colourful open space is back to give seasoned and novice gardeners the chance to show off their horticultural skills and help make the East End bright and beautiful.

These include baskets hanging from balconies, or floral planters outside schools, community groups and homes.

Categories include ‘Gardener of the Year’, best allotment, best community growing site, best children’s garden and best newcomer.

Deadline for entries is June 30, with judging in July and August and awards at the year made at Mile End’s Art Pavilion.

Spruced-up garden at Spitalfields City Farm. Picture REHAN JAMILSpruced-up garden at Spitalfields City Farm. Picture REHAN JAMIL

Entry forms can be downloaded online. But entries must be visible or accessible to the passing public—except for categories such as allotments, wildlife-friendly gardens and schools or colleges.

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