A TEENAGER has been recognised as a community hero.
Jake Beaty, 15, has won the title Young Citizen of the Year in the recent Lincolnshire Good Citizens Awards.
The Welbourn teen was praised for his voluntary work, for being a police cadet and for inspiring other youngsters to get involved in conservation work.
Passionate about nature, he went from being a member of a local wildlife club to a volunteer leader. He joined West Kesteven Wildlife Watch and RSPB Explorers seven years ago.
He also gives his time to Welbourn Forge, a Victorian heritage centre, spending time with visitors and getting stuck into various activities.
In addition, Jake helped out at a local care home for six months while working towards his bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, reading and talking to residents, as well as gardening.
Jake, a pupil of Sir William Robertson High School, said: “I was surprised to be recognised for something that I enjoy.
“I am generally interested in animals and conservation. I also love helping out at the forge - I find this kind of metalwork really interesting.”
The awards follow three months of nominations made by members of the public.
Lincolnshire County Council chairman Councillor Robert Palmer said: “The Good Citizens Awards were set up to recognise people whose voluntary contributions make extraordinary differences to others. Jake is a fantastic example of that.”
Jake was presented with a certificate and £50 at the Lincolnshire Show.