Rushmoor in Bloom is breaking all records with 31 schools and pre-schools in Aldershot and Farnborough entering this year's competition.

The annual event is aimed at raising awareness in children for their environment and encouraging an interest in horticulture.

Representatives from all entrants got together at Badshot Lea Garden Centre, Farnham, to receive free organic crab apple trees from the garden centre to kick start the competition.

Categories being fought over are Best Crab Apple Tree Project, sponsored by Badshot Lea Garden Centre, Best School Grounds, sponsored by the News Group, Best Nursery/Pre-school, Best Infant School and Best Newcomer/Most Improved.

Karen Fryer, Rushmoor in Bloom Co-ordinator said: "I am so pleased to see how popular this competition is becoming and can't wait to see the outcome of all the children's hard work and efforts. From tiny tots to junior schools children their enthusiasm is a pleasure to be part of."

Alan Tripp of Badshot Lea Garden Centre, a category sponsor said: "We decided to give all schools organic crab apple trees this year as an incentive to enter but also to encourage bird-friendly gardening as the fruit is appealing to birds and wildlife."

Judging, by members of the Rushmoor in Bloom Forum, will be taking place from Monday, July 8, with results being announced before the children break up for the summer holidays.

Pictured back row L-R: Alan Tripp, Badshot Lea Garden Centre; immediate past Mayoress of Rushmoor, Coun. Rosemary Possee; Chairman of Rushmoor in Bloom, past Mayor of Rushmoor, Coun. Charles Choudhary; and Karen Fryer, Rushmoor in Bloom Co-ordinator with children from 31 schools and pre-schools taking part in the competition.