Age 12, Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire
I love being outdoors and getting stuck in with the environment and conservation work, even though sometimes I find it hard due to having Perthes disease, which affects my hips and legs and means that sometimes every step is painful. But it pushes me on knowing I can make a difference in appreciating my environment and helping other people understand how they can take care of it.
I achieved my Conserver Award with the John Muir Trust and South Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is the highest award you can achieve with the Trust. To achieve it, I took part in 35 days of conservation work around where I live in Shropshire, and I was one of the first children from primary school to receive the award.
Sometimes I’ve struggled at school but having responsibility through my social action has really helped me. I’ve produced presentations and displays for a café run by young students to make links with the local community and help to teach them, as well as speaking at a school in Wolverhampton about conservation. Now I’ve moved on to secondary school, but I want to carry on in conservation as I get older.