A VILLAGE near York is making a special pitch for a Britain in Bloom title with this extraordinary horse and cart.

The Dunnington in Bloom committee has bought and restored an old cart which was made in the village in the 1930s by Henry Hornshaw and Son and it has also commissioned a sculptor, Emma Stoggard, to make a life-size sculpture of a horse using willow.

Committee chairman Roy Freer said the cart had originally been pulled by a horse and then by a tractor before ending up owned by a collector of farming equipment, who had now sold it to the committee. It had been brought back to its former glory using paints supplied by local painter and decorator Steven Waines.

He said that in coming weeks, the horse and cart in the centre of the village would be filled with flowers and shrubs with the aim of entering the heritage category of the Bloom contest.

He said there would be a particular emphasis on yellow plants in recognition of York's role in the Grand Departs of the Tour De France in July