Ray Harrington-Vail, of the Footprint Trust, with Isle of Wight pond wardens.
A £500,000 appeal has been launched by an Isle of Wight charity, which will receive prestigious national recognition tomorrow (Thursday).
The Footprint Trust, whose work includes promoting sustainable living and helping Islanders reduce their fuel bills, will be presented with the Queen’s Award for Volunteering.
To mark the award, due to be presented by Lord Lieutenant Maj Gen Martin White at a ceremony at the Riverside Centre, the charity has launched a £500,000 appeal to fund its work for the next five years.
Footprint Trust chairman Carole Walker said: "We are honoured and delighted at this award. It will assist in promoting our work and help us to gain more help for the Isle of Wight.
"We are very grateful to Her Majesty for this award and for the encouragement and support we have received."
The charity helped establish the now independent Isle of Wight Green Gym, and is also behind schemes such as Warmahome, Sustainable Schools, pond wardens and Adopt-a-Garden.
Trustee Colin Withers said: "The Trust has been working for the past 11 years to improve the Island’s environment and to help local people.
"The Trust is recognised for its excellent work in helping those in greatest financial need, to obtain energy efficient heating systems, insulation and other assistance.
"Since its launch in 2002 it has assisted and helped over 15,000 people, and we wish to continue our work and build on this success."
Isle of Wight Council chairman Cllr Ian Ward said: "This award is highly deserved and I offer my congratulations to all the team and volunteers."
The trust has appealed to charitable trusts, parish councils, businesses and individuals to support its work. Donations can be made on the website footprint-trust.co.uk or by post to their offices at the Riverside Centre, Newport Quay, Isle of Wight, PO30 2QR. For more information please call the Trust on 01983 822282.