VILLAGE volunteers ranging from youngsters to pensioners have joined forces to spruce up an East Staffordshire village.
Members of Tutbury in Bloom have been spotted across the village making sure the area looks in 'top shape' in preparation for a visit from Heart of England in Bloom judges.
The village has also been awash with colour and flowers as the winners of the annual village floral features competition battled it out to come out on top.
The number of entries was up again this year with more than 33 entries including six for the recycled container category.
The entries were judged by the Mayor of East Staffordshire Ron Clarke, who was 'very impressed' with the standard of all the entries.
Liz Staples, chairman of Tutbury in Bloom, said: "The team is very grateful for the Mayor helping with the judging and for everyone who took the time and effort to enter.
"I would also like to thank Hayes Engineering for sponsoring the floral feature competition again this year."
The winners of the competition categories were:
The Vine pub won best hanging basket by a business;
Carol Hill, of Park Lane, won the best hanging basket by a resident;
The Cakehole, in Bridge Street, won the best container by a business;
Gillian Minshall, of Priory Close, won best container by a resident;
Lilies, in High Street, won best recycled container; and
Natasha Broadhurst, in Holts Lane, won best hanging basket by a young person.
The winners all received a £10 gift voucher and certificate.
Tutbury in Bloom team members have also been hard at work in the Community Garden, in Wakefield Avenue, as part of an effort to ensure these areas 'looked their best' ahead of the arrival of the Heart of England in Bloom judges
Members also take part in a litter pick around the village.