Residents in Marlow are being called to support the town’s effort to be named Buckinghamshire’s Best Kept Village this summer.

The competition, which is judged between June and July, was established in 1957 by Sir Francis Dashwood and the Local Councils’ Association.

Marlow has narrowly missed out on the top prize several times in recent years, and the town council is hoping to harness the town’s community spirit to help convince judges of its unique charm and character.

Key areas for competition marking are said to be the cemetery, May Balfour Gardens, The Causeway and Gossmore Park, and new floral displays plus a high standard of general maintenance will also go some way towards nabbing the coveted ‘best kept’ title.

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The council is also calling on residents to pitch in with initiatives including litter picking and weeding to help present a positive vision of the town during the summer months.

Mayor David Brown said: “We’re looking forward to showing the judges just how beautiful Marlow can be. With everyone’s participation, we’re confident we can make a strong impression this year.”