A YOUNGSTER has taken beaten off stiff competition to claim the top spot at the national Keep Britain Tidy annual awards.

Eight-year-old Daniel Walker, from Great Notley, was presented with his Young Litter Heroes prize at an awards ceremony on Thursday.

Daniel was nominated by Braintree Council for the prestigious award in recognition of his efforts to tackle litter in his community.

Daniel has become well-known for encouraging others to change their behaviour and attitude towards litter by educating people on the harmful impact of waste.

At the same time he raises money for Farleigh Hospice charity in memory of his gran.

Mum Natalie said: “Daniel’s achievements are a real testament to how one tiny action can lead to great things.

“The recognition of the Young Litter Hero award from Keep Britain Tidy has been an amazing achievement and we continue to be so proud of Daniel’s actions.”

Daniel has also hosted presentations at his school, encouraging classmates to take an active role in the environment and help tackle the litter problem.

Council environment boss Wendy Schmitt said: “Daniel is a true role model and at just eight years old he’s a real testament to all our Green Heart Champions who give up their time to clear rubbish from our streets, so we are absolutely delighted he has won this year’s Young Litter Heros award.

“This national award recognises those in our communities who make an outstanding contribution to helping the local environment and reducing litter, and we could not think of a more worthy winner than Daniel.”

Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity which works to eliminate littering, reduce waste and improve public spaces.

Chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “Young people have been at the forefront of environmental campaigning in the last 12 months and Daniel has shown that there are some young people out there who are making a real difference in their communities.

“These amazing children give us hope for the future and are inspiring others to follow their lead.”

n To follow Daniel’s Journey visit his Facebook Page – Great Notley Litter Busters.