Capital One is stepping up its support for Nottingham’s beautiful green landscapes and neighbourhoods. The credit card provider is to sponsor the 2017 ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ campaign as well as continuing its longstanding support for the Nottingham in Bloom photography and art competitions.

Community groups all over the city take part in ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood,’ an initiative run by the Royal Horticultural Society to encourage people to brighten up their own areas through gardening.  This year 60 participating groups will receive a voucher from Woodthorpe Park Plant Shop, courtesy of Capital One, to help them buy plants for their project.

The company is also sponsoring the art and photography competitions, which follow the theme of ‘My Beautiful Nottingham.’  Keen young artists, along with photographers of all ages, are invited to take inspiration from the city’s abundance of parks, gardens, local landmarks, flowers, trees and nature through the seasons.

These competitions regularly attract over 1,000 entries from young people who live, go to school or are members of community groups in Nottingham.  The photo competition also includes a category for adults who live or work in the city. Capital One employees will help to shortlist the entries.

Dave Richards, Community Relations Manager for Capital One, said: “We are proud to be part of this fantastic initiative again in 2017.  As a Nottingham based company we have a strong culture for supporting our local communities, which includes ensuring local green spaces reflect the ambition and aspirations we have as a business.”

Councillor Malcolm Wood, Chair of the Nottingham in Bloom Working Group, said: “Capital One has been a valued supporter of our competitions for over a decade and we are delighted that the company is now increasing its support to recognise the efforts of local people who work hard to improve and celebrate their local green spaces and neighbourhoods.

“Both initiatives encourage an appreciation of the local area and beautiful green places not far from home.  The photo and art competitions inspire people to go out and explore and enjoy the natural world and we are particularly keen to see pictures that showcase local neighbourhoods.”

Entry forms for the painting and photo competitions are available on the Nottingham in Bloom website or by calling the Parks team on 0115 915 2733.  The closing date is Friday 5 May.  The winners will receive gift vouchers, and entries will be displayed in a variety of community venues.

More information about ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ is available on or by calling Nottingham in Bloom on 0115 8764985.