A candle and fragrance making business based on a farm in Cornwall has received an award from the Queen at the same time as celebrating the opening of a new factory and wildlife conservation area.

St Eval, in Wadebridge hosted a grand opening of the expansion, at which owner Sarah Young-Jamieson was presented with the 2021 Queen's Award for Enterprise and Sustainable Development by the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall.

Members of the community, media and employees were welcomed to the opening of the new factory and guests included Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Cornwall Manufacturers Group, Watson Marlow, Falmouth University, Fishermen's Mission charity and Happy Habitats to name a few.

Being awarded a Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development recognises and celebrates St Eval's commitment and achievement in sustainability.

Founded by Sarah Young-Jamieson and her late husband Tim, sustainability has always been deeply important to the business and over the years there has been continued investment in renewable energy and sustainable development.

The company said: "Our new wildlife space has been created in partnership with local companies, ensuring only native or non-invasive species of flora were planted, encouraging biodiversity in the area while maintaining and protecting it.

"Trees and flowers planted in the new wildlife area were chosen not only for their natural beauty, but for their hardy nature so that they would thrive whilst living on the coast surrounded by the sea air."

It includes two Crimean Lime Trees, which originate from the Ukraine, showing solidarity with the country and its people, with St Eval also including bee bricks, swift and bat boxes around the new build.

St Eval also produces its own renewable energy via wind, solar and biomass.