A TOWN council has launched its annual garden competition – and this year's event has the added bonus of a flowerpot sculpture challenge.

Judges in the main competition, run by Richmond Town Council, will decide awards in six categories: Large gardens, medium gardens, small gardens including patios and yards, wildlife gardens, tallest sunflower (children’s category) and business premises, including pubs.

Garden vouchers will be awarded to the winners in each class, and the judges will decide the most appropriate category for the entries.

The closing date is Friday, July 16, with judging to take place on a date to be confirmed at the end of July.

A spokesperson for the town council said: "If your garden is filled with flowers or your hanging baskets and pots are brimming with colour, if you have brought the indoors outdoors and your decking or yard has become your haven throughout lockdown, or if you have adapted your garden to encourage the local wildlife – we would like to include everyone who has been working hard on their garden to show off their achievements."

The council is including a challenge to build a flowerpot sculpture as part of this year's competition. It is open to everyone in Richmond – residents and businesses – with the only requirement being that the design can be safely seen from the public highway for judging purposes.

The closing date for entries is Monday, August 16, and judging will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Garden vouchers are available for the winner.

"A fun summer project where everyone can get involved, let your imagination run wild and enjoy looking at others displayed in the town," said the town council spokesperson.

Entry forms and full details of both competitions are available on the Richmond Town Council website or contact the office on 01748 850808 between 9.30am and 12.30pm, Monday to Friday.