A TREASURE hunt around Halesowen shops and businesses is being organised as part of Halesowen in Bloom.

Families will be able to forage and hunt for clues during two weeks in July as part of a series events to promote the town.

Halesowen North Councillor Hilary Bills is looking forward to the event.

She said: "The latest news is that there will be a Family Treasure Hunt involving Halesowen town centre shops and businesses.

"Schools and nurseries will be invited to create imaginary plants that will be hidden around the town centre."

She added: "Families who want to take part will be given treasure hunt maps of the town centre and will be on the hunt for all the imaginary plant names and where they are to be found."

The Family Treasure Hunt will start on Saturday, July 5 and will end at the Victorian Street Fair on Saturday, July 19 with a prize draw to find the winning correct entries.

Cllr Bills added: "The Halesowen In Bloom committee want everyone in Halesowen to feel that they are part of this event.

"Schools, children and their families are encouraged to get involved, join the treasure hunt, perhaps discover shops and businesses they did not know existed whilst having fun and enjoying the great floral displays."

Another way local residents and businesses can get involved in Halesowen in Bloom is sponsoring a hanging basket in memory of a loved one or offering support from a group.

Sandvik and the Cornbow Shopping Centre are the main sponsors and plants have already been ordered with more than £4,000 from Dudley Council, via the town’s two community forums.

This year's Halesowen in Bloom will have a blue and yellow theme which organisers hope will catch the judges' eyes.

For more information on the Treasure Hunt and other activities contact Eve O’Connor, chairman of Halesowen In Bloom, on 0121 585 5495.