The application period for Thurrock in Bloom 2017 opens in late spring.
The Thurrock in Bloom is a horticultural competition that gives a chance for communities to show how clean, green, tidy and colourful the area can be.
It is run annually with the Thurrock in Bloom Association, encouraging people to make a positive and lasting impact in the area where they live and work.
A schools' part of the competition runs alongside the main competition with closing dates that work around school holidays.
The competition follows the guidelines of the Royal Horticultural Society's Britain in Bloom campaign.