The search has begun to find the Chorley’s best kept garden.

This year’s competition promises to be bigger and better than ever as it forms part of Chorley’s bid for national glory in the Britain in Bloom contest organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.

The council has joined forces with Chorley and District Gardening Society, Chorley Community Housing (CCH) and Birkacre Garden Centre to offer green-fingered gardeners the chance to win more prize money than ever before – and there’s an extra category to reflect community efforts.

Dave Brown, chairman of Chorley and District Gardening Society, said: “We’re pleased once again to be involved with Chorley’s Best Kept Garden competition in what is an exciting year both for the town in representing the North West region in Britain in Bloom, and for us as a society celebrating our 130th anniversary.”

There’s four categories for people to enter – small, medium or large garden and a community award – and each category has a first prize of £120 worth of vouchers, a second prize of £80 of vouchers and a third prize of £50 of vouchers.

There’s also a trophy, donated by the Chorley and District Gardening Society, for the best of the best.

Pick up a nomination form either from the Council’s Civic Offices on Union Street, CCH offices in St Thomas’s Road or from Birkacre Garden Centre.

Initial judging will be done from photographs taken from the pavement or road with the homeowner's permission and/ or a detailed description of the garden. An expert panel will judge each entry and draw up a shortlist to be judged in person.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, June 27.

All entries should be sent to Best Kept Garden Competition, Chorley Council, Civic Offices, Union Street, Chorley PR7 1AL or CCH, 32-34 St Thomas’s Road, Chorley PR7 1HR.