Loughborough was in full bloom as it took part in Britain in Bloom on July 30.
The town was selected to represent the region in the small city category at the national awards organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.
Loughborough in Bloom is supported by a large number of community groups, residents, businesses and organisations from across the town, including Charnwood Borough Council.
Cllr Jenny Bokor, the Council’s lead member for Loughborough said: “We were delighted to represent the region and it was a pleasure to welcome the Britain in Bloom judges to Loughborough.
“Although it started to rain towards the end of their tour, I hope they were able to see how hard our volunteers work to help Loughborough blossom.
“We also welcomed the East Midlands in Bloom judges to Loughborough not so long ago and once again I’d like to thank everyone involved for their dedication.”
Britain in Bloom competition judges went on a three-hour tour of the town giving community groups the chance to showcase their gardening projects and initiatives.
Marion Smith, Loughborough in Bloom chair, said: “It’s been a very busy year for our volunteers, and everyone involved with Loughborough in Bloom.
“Community groups and volunteers have been working around the clock to ensure green spaces and gardening projects are in full bloom and look wonderful.
“Taking part in the national competition is a real testament to everyone’s hard work and dedication.”
Loughborough previously represented the East Midlands at the Britain in Bloom UK Finals in 2014 and 2016.
Other towns being judged in the small city category this summer include Bury, Derry, Harrogate, Kirkcaldy and Rugby.
The winners of each category will be announced at a national awards ceremony in October.