Judging has begun for the Richmond Borough in Bloom schools gardening competition.

Pupils have been putting their efforts into creating fine outdoor spaces ahead of the visit from judges all this week.

The assessments began on Monday where Colin Squire, chairman of sponsor Squire’s Garden Centres, visited Hampton Hill Junior School alongside judges Sheena Harold and Graham Golledge.

He was shown around by teacher Trudi Morgan.

The judges have been considering criteria including usage of grounds, pupil participation, layout and management - with a maximum score of 100 available.

Gardens that impress the judges will then receive grading from bronze to gold.

The winning school will receive the Richmond Borough in Bloom School Gardening Trophy 2017, as well as £100-worth of gardening vouchers, while second and third place stand to win £75 and £50 vouchers respectively.

The winning gardens will be announced at presentations at York House on Wednesday (May 17).