Lund's entry into the Best Kept village competition was made with the sole intention of tidying up the village. After our first success in 1976 the village received a Dalesman seat and a Best Kept Village sign at a presentation by Lord Halifax. We won the competition again in 1983.

 The 1980s was a decade of horticultural success for the village. We entered the Yorkshire and Humberside "Britain in Bloom" competition in 1979, 1980 and 1981 before winning in 1982 and becoming both an England in Bloom finalist and national Britain in Bloom village winner. This success was repeated in 1985 and 1987. The three presentation ceremonies were held in London when we received a crystal rose bowl for the year, together with beds of roses presented by the Rose Growers Association  and planted on Holme Hill Green, North Road and Queensmead and a copper beech tree commemorating the birth of Prince William in 1982. 
In 1983 we were chosen to be Britain's entry in the "Entente Florale", competing against France, Austria, Belgium, Ireland and Luxembourg. The Chairman and the Clerk of the Parish Council flew to Ireland for the presentation and received a Prix d'honneur award from the Luxembourg Professional Horticultural Association. A video of the village and interviews with villagers about their gardens was made that year.
Our success continued yearly in the Yorkshire and Humberside Britain in Bloom until 1987 when Lund won the shield outright. In the same year Barratts presented a plaque which was placed on the restored forge next to the Wellington Inn, and unveiled by the Hon.Tony Bethell.

They were very busy years with international judges arriving by helicopter and at each of the presentations local dignitaries would be treated to our noted Lund Teas! None of those involved in those years will forget the spirit of the village, which looked beautiful with hanging baskets and troughs of colour. Many visitors, some from abroad, visited Lund and were often served teas in the Oddfellows Hall and Lund was featured both on radio and television and in national magazines.

One of the national judges remarked:

 "Lund is well nigh perfect yet remains real. It is true to its own character and identity as a working village, where the commitment of everyone is reflected in the overall effect and result. It is a joy to behold and was a pleasure to visit"


Both articles extracted from
 Lund, An East Yorkshire Village at the Millennium
 Brian Drakeford & Barry Plimmer 1999

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