Duke of York awards Barwick in Bloom

BARWICk in Elmet in Bloom team collected an award during the Duke of York’s Community Initiative ceremony at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate on Tuesday.

The Duke of York visited Yorkshire to present the Awards personally to Yorkshire organisations that have transformed the lives of their community.

The Duke said: “Some years ago I visited a housing estate in York, and saw what a real difference could be achieved by the community working together, identifying their own needs, and deciding for themselves the actions needed to find the answers to such needs.

“Today the Community Initiative which bears my name is a great success story throughout the whole of Yorkshire.”

This year 30 organisations received awards, including Barwick in Elmet in Bloom’s team which won gold in this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom.

Another of this year’s recipients is Harrogate Hospital Radio.

Chairman Mark Bexley said: “We are very proud to be recognised by the Duke of York’s Community Initiative for our work.

“It means a great deal to all our members as it gives us a Royal seal of approval.

“Having this accreditation will hopefully open doors for us when we are seeking funding opportunities.”