The founder of a charity helping Norfolk schoolchildren to create allotments said he was "deeply humbled" to be recognised in the 2024 New Year Honours list.

Matt Willer has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his services to young people through the Papillon Project.

The charity aims to inspire young people to learn about food and "live more sustainable lives" by developing eco-friendly allotments using recycled and reclaimed materials.

Established in 2019, it now works with more than 30 secondary schools, sixth-form colleges and pupil referral units throughout Norfolk.

Mr Willer, who lives with his family near North Walsham, said: "I'm deeply humbled to be awarded this very prestigious honour - it’s a life-changing moment.

"While it’s incredible to be recognised, there are a great many people who have made the Papillon Project’s work possible, so I see this honour as a major victory for all involved in our charitable work."

The Papillon Project was launched after Mr Willer and two students created the charity’s first allotment at Reepham High School and College in 2015, while he was working there as a secondary school teacher.