A NATURE centre in Prestwood has been given a prestigious award recognising the work done by its volunteers.

Prestwood Nature has been announced as one of a group of UK volunteering groups to win this year's Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the equivalent of an MBE for volunteer groups.

The honour recognises outstanding contributions made to communities by groups voluntarily devoting their time for the benefit of others.

It sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering with the work of those awarded being judged of the highest standard.
Prestwood Nature received the award for its work to protect and enhance the involvement of residents.

This has included the restoration of a flower meadow and pond, the creation of a community orchard, woodland management and the creation of a wild life friendly garden.

Prestwood Nature will receive a certificate signed by the Queen and a commemorative crystal, presented by the Queen's representative in Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher, at a special ceremony.

The group has also received an invitation for representatives to attend a Royal garden party at Buckingham Palace later in the summer.

John Obee, chairman of Prestwood Nature, said: "We are delighted to receive this prestigious award for the work that we do to preserve and enhance our beautiful Chiltern Environment."

Martyn Lewis, chairman of the committee that gives out the award, said: "It's a great pleasure to celebrate the efforts of Prestwood Nature with the award and help raise awareness of all they do for the benefit of others."