Lakes volunteer named in Queen's Birthday Honours list

Osprey nest Image copyright Lake District Osprey Project
Image caption Peter Barron has been involved with the osprey project for the past 14 years

A park ranger in Cumbria, who helped bring wild ospreys back to England after a 100-year gap, has been named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Peter Barron receives the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the Lake District and voluntary service to mountain rescue.

His park ranger post included setting up a successful osprey nesting project.

The 58-year-old has also been a member of the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team since 1987.

Mr Barron said that he was surprised to get an award for what he described as his day to day work.

'Amazing people'

He added: "Although I've been lucky enough to get this award, I haven't worked in isolation.

"I wouldn't have got it without all the great people I work with in the various organisations.

"They're amazing people, who are dedicated to what they do."

Also being recognised with a BEM is Joan Bentley of Grange-over-Sands.

The 73-year-old has served the local community in a voluntary capacity for more than 51 years.

Her roles include work with the Women's Institute, regional flower clubs, the meals on wheels service and St Mary's Hospice charity shop.

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