The Cornwall Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Cornwall YFC is the largest rural youth organisation in Cornwall, it has over 800 members spread across the whole county. The federation provides many opportunities for Cornwall’s young people which would not be possible without the support of thousands of volunteers throughout the year.

Representatives from the federation attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.

Kelly Evans, County Organiser of Cornwall YFC said: “We are absolutely delighted that the hard work and commitment of our volunteers and members has been recognised and that we have been awarded such a prestigious award.”

Representatives of the federation will receive the award from Edward Bolitho OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall later this summer.

Cornwall YFC is one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.