Ryde schools are being asked to make the town look blooming lovely this summer.

Ryde Town Council has partnered with Haylands Farm to provide 1,000 packets of seeds to the area's primary schools who want to get growing.

The town council said the last year had shown communities how important gardens and outside spaces are for mental health and wellbeing

A spokesperson said: "We at Ryde Town Council are determined to do our part.

"This year we are making Ryde in Bloom easier to access so more people can enter than ever before.

"Ryde in Bloom is open to all residents in Ryde, and we want to encourage everyone with a garden, patio, allotment, window-box or even a windowsill to get creative and get involved.

"It really will be an accessible, inclusive event that gives everyone equal opportunity."

Haylands Farm manager Nichola Cook said: “We are proud to be a part of this project and supporting the local community.

Isle of Wight County Press: Seeds being delivered to St Mary's Catholic Primary School.Seeds being delivered to St Mary's Catholic Primary School.

Shona Parnell, of Ryde Town Council, said: “You don’t need a huge garden, just a bit of imagination!”

"You don’t have to be a seasoned professional to win the competition either because we have two distinct categories – adults and under 16."

Ryde in Bloom launched on Friday, April 23, with final judging from Monday, July 26.

The two categories are sponsored by Wightlink and Goodleaf Tree Climbing.

Wightlink chief executive Keith Greenfield said: “We look forward to seeing the town burst into colour this summer.

Paul McCathie, from Goodleaf Tree Climbing, said "We know how brilliant it is spending time outside, in the fresh air, connecting with nature. We can't wait to see the results!"

If you would like to discuss Ryde in Bloom further and see how your school can take part please contact reception@rydetowncouncil.gov.uk or call 01983 811105 and stay tuned to the Facebook page for regular updates and photos.