RESULTS of Halesowen's first attempt to win a Britain in Bloom award will be announced next month.

An inspector toured the town in July and met volunteers who had planted scores of bedding plants, painted street furniture, cleared overgrown areas, weeded and litter picked.

Eve O'Connor, chairman of Halesowen in Bloom, said they were "eagerly awaiting the announcement on September 11, which could see the town awarded a bronze, silver or gold medal.

In the meantime, work is due to start on preparing winter displays of bedding plants in troughs around the town and with herbaceous planting in areas like the Fingerpost.

Sandvik are donating trees to be planted on the Earls island, marking company's centenary, with others being planted around the town.

The island will also be rotovated and a stronger mix of wild flowers sown, adding to this year's predominantly poppy display, which marked the 100 year commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War,