Budding gardeners of Bromley are being encouraged to make their borough more colourful and fragrant.

Gardening business Coolings has again teamed up with Bromley Council and waste service Veolia to open this year’s Bromley in Bloom.

The 2014 competition, which launched last Friday, appeals to green-fingered residents and local groups to make their areas more appealing.

Coolings’ business development manager Neil Jackson, who helps lead the campaign, said the event last week was positive and is hoping for plenty of flowers to grow. He explained: "What we’re trying to do is build up community activity in the garden and make Bromley a more beautiful place.

"The day went well – we got lots of interest."

He added Bromley folk could do something as simple as putting up a hanging basket, or take on wider projects such as large-scale planting in community spaces.

Executive councillor for the environment Councillor Colin Smith spoke at the event and said the borough’s garden enthusiasts have gained national recognition in the past.

He said: "Bromley in Bloom winners in the past have gone on to achieve recognition in the national competition too and I am sure gardeners from across the borough will be representing Bromley on the national stage again.

"We can all play a part in making our borough an even better place to live and front gardens and vibrant floral displays contribute much, not just in the garden itself but also to the street scene too."

Those interested have until June 20 to submit for entry and judging will take place in July and August, before an awards ceremony at Coolings Garden Centre.