Challenge faces city gardeners
Floral campaigners are urging gardeners to help the city look its best for two competitions.
Bath's entry in the South West in Bloom competition will be judged in early July while a month later, the Britain in Bloom national judging will take place.
Bath was chosen to represent the region in the national finals because it was rated gold and a category winner in last year's south west competition.
Bath in Bloom committee chairman Barry Cruse said: "It's going to be a very busy and challenging time preparing for the two entries.
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"It won't be easy, but I am sure with everyone pulling together, we are in with a chance."
The Britain in Bloom competition has changed markedly over the last few years and although the majority of points are still gained from horticultural achievement, the emphasis is now more on communities and groups making the areas where they live cleaner and greener.
This year Bath will be following the Royal Horticultural Society theme of Edible Britain.
Mr Cruse said: "We would like to see more people growing their own vegetables and we will be launching schemes to encourage this."
The Britain in Bloom competition will be launched in April and Mr Cruse is keen to hear from any groups who might be able to create a new edible garden in a public space. He can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.