A local charity has received the highest honour after it received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The award which is the equivalent to an MBE for charities was awarded to the Ver Valley Society who have worked for over 40 years to protect the River Ver.
From protecting the river from litter and sewage to monitoring and promoting the species who find their home there, the charity continually work to preserve the river in all its glory.
John Pritchard, chairman of the committee said the society were delighted to receive the award which is a tribute to all the volunteers since the society started.
He said: “The award is fantastic news. It is as much as celebration of all the volunteers in the past as it is in recent years.
“It is a way of saying thank you to all the volunteers.”
The society also joined with SustFest, hosting Mayflower walks to share the curious species with visitors.