WINDERMERE has shown it's 'blooming' great after being selected to take part in a major national flower competition.

Windermere is one of 80 finalists from across Great Britain to make the finals of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals.

The town was nominated to represent Cumbria in the UK stage of following regional and national judging last year.

It was selected for 'outstanding commitment to environmental responsibility, community participation and gardening achievement.'

It means this summer Windermere’s green-fingered volunteers will be showing off their commitment to a cleaner, greener Britain, by taking the Britain in Bloom judges on a tour of the town's floral high spots.

It's in the hope of being awarded gold and being named category winner at the annual award ceremony, being held in Cleethorpes in October.

Andrea Van Sittart, of the RHS, said: “On behalf of the RHS, I’d like to wish every volunteer from Windermere the very best of luck in this year’s UK Finals and look forward to celebrating with you all in October.”

The Britain In Bloom competition was started in 1964 by the then British Tourist Board as a way of marketing to visitors through floral displays.

Today it brings communities together to enhance the look, feel and pride of a place, through gardening and environmental projects.

Although the campaign runs all year round, the run-up to the judges’ tour is a time when communities throughout the UK unite and redouble their efforts.