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Dunnington wins seventh Yorkshire In Bloom gold medal
AN ARMY of committed volunteers and overwhelming community support has helped propel a beautiful York village to its seventh Yorkshire In Bloom gold medal.
Dunnington took a gold award in this year’s competition, and now the village has heard that next year they will represent Yorkshire in the national Britain in Bloom competition.
Roy Freer, Dunnington In Bloom’s chairman, said they were “over the moon” to be flying the flag for Yorkshire for the fourth time. After three Britain In Bloom silver gilt awards villagers have their fingers crossed for the gold medal in 2014.
Roy believes the village’s success is down to overwhelming support from the community.
He said: “When I look at awards given out by Yorkshire In Bloom they always finish with two words – community involvement.
“We have got one of the best groups of helpers in all of Yorkshire. Everyone on the committee of them gets stuck in and works really hard.
“We have got 99 per cent community involvement. When we are walking round the village we often get people shouting ‘well done and congratulations’. People realise Dunnington is a nice place to live, and we get very good support from local businesses as well.”
Last year, Dunnington was voted one of the best places in the country to raise a family, and Roy thinks the village’s dedicated in bloom committee can take some credit.
Now Dunnington’s volunteers are looking for new ways to impress the Britain In Bloom judges, and are thinking about taking on a new patch of land at the entrance to the village, near Manor Drive.
This weekend, they are set to hold a fundraising concert to help Dunnington teenager Corey Eastwood, who needs to raise £25,000 to fund life-changing surgery.
The event has already sold out, and raffle and auction prizes donated by local businesses mean they hope to raise £1,000 for Corey’s fund.
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