THE annual Whitehall In Bloom competition has been launched, with residents, schools and businesses charged with the task of brightening up the area.

The contest, organised by councillors from the town and borough authorities, includes seven categories that can be entered. They are: n Best large garden (100sq m-plus).

  • Best small garden (fewer than 100sq m).
  • Best yard, balcony or patio.
  • Best school or community group.
  • Best business or shop.
  • Best hanging basket.
  • Best under-12 planted tub.

The closing date for entries is Sunday, July 27, and judging will take place from Sunday, August 3.

For information or to get an entry form, call Coun John East on 01254 771957 or email