THE Oswestry Bloom committee have launched their In Bloom competition.

The competition will run up to judging on July 15 and 16, and residents and businesses are invited to take part in a number of categories.

A spokesman for the committee said: "Once again as we enter into the summer season the Oswestry in Bloom Committee has met in order to discuss ways in which to improve the town together with arranging local competitions and events.

"The committee would ask that local residents and businesses come on board with this competition, and thereby assisting Oswestry to reach a high standard in the Heart of England in Bloom competition which will be judged on the July 3."

Categories for the competition include; Best Commercial Premises (Town Centre), Best Dressed Window (Town Centre) in the theme of Bees and Pollination, Best Community Project / Premises and Best Residential Front Garden, among many others.

The spokesperson added: "We should also point out that throughout the winter months the Committee has not been idle and the Oswestry in Lights event which was held on the run up to Christmas, was supported by many local residents and this in itself contributed to brightening up cold winter’s evenings with brilliant displays of external Christmas lights.

"The effort which was put into this was outstanding and our members are extremely thankful to all those who took part.

For more information on the In Bloom competition please contact Louise Humphreys on 01691 680222.