Published 13 November 2015
A Heckington-based group is being recognised for how it places conservation volunteers across the county.
Heritage Lincolnshire, which was established in 1991, are so good at what they do they have been awarded the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard.
The charity works to ensure the special character and significance of Lincolnshire's heritage is understood, valued, conserved and celebrated.
Chief executive officer of Heritage Lincolnshire, Liz Bates, said she hoped the award would encourage other people to work with the group.
She said: "The team is delighted to have achieved this quality standard in recognition of our commitment to our volunteers.
"Heritage Lincolnshire has seen a significant increase in the number of people wanting to get involved in the conservation of the county's rich heritage and we benefit hugely from their expertise and contribution.
"We look forward to celebrating our achievements together in the future."
Investing in Volunteers aims to improve the quality of volunteer experience for all. Heritage Lincolnshire was assessed and excelled in all aspects.
Volunteer Ray Knight, from Heckington, said he was delighted the organisation had achieved the standard.
He said: "It makes me feel very pleased, it's a good organisation to volunteer for and they involve you with many things. Both the employees and the volunteers are involved and it is like a family unit.
"I have been volunteering for six years, I started with working with the Heritage Risk and was then asked to do the Heritage Open Days.
"I had been retired a year and thought I could give something back with computer skills and I found this.
"I would definitely recommend volunteering if people have a spare couple of days each week."
The Trust offers a range of volunteering opportunities to suit people of different ages, abilities and backgrounds and volunteers can benefit from gaining further experience and learning more about Lincolnshire's historic environment.
Vice chair of Heckington Parish Council, Jan Palmer, said she was really pleased the Trust had won the award.
She said: "It is absolutely fantastic, Heckington is having great success with volunteers lately and we are about to open a volunteer led library.
"I am pleased Heritage Lincolnshire have won this award and it is fantastic for the village."