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Bermondsey in Bloom competition launched

The Southwark in Bloom competition may have been axed due to funding cuts but Bermondsey Community Council has organised its own local contest this year and residents are invited to send in their nominations.

Riverside ward councillor Eliza Mann (Lib Dem) is drumming up sponsorship for the competition and is organising a panel of independent judges.

There will be nine awards and lucky winners will receive vouchers, a plaque and recognition for their role in brightening up Bermondsey.

The categories are: wildlife-friendly garden, front garden, balcony or container garden, community area, business premises, pub or restaurant, school garden, allotment and housing estate.

Bermondsey Community Council covers Grange, Riverside and South Bermondsey wards.

Local residents can nominate themselves or their neighbours for the award by emailing Cllr Mann on eliza.mann@southwark.gov.uk or by phone on 07944 117959. Nominations are open until Friday 5 August.

"Bermondsey in Bloom was launched at the last Bermondsey Community Council meeting," says Cllr Eliza Mann.

"All the councillors and residents who attended were delighted that we are able to keep this competition in Bermondsey."

• Next week London Bridge will host a visit from London in Bloom judges. Last year the London Bridge entry, coordinated by Team London Bridge, won an Upper Silver Gilt award in the capital-wide competition.

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