The search is on in the Borders and North Northumberland for the Tweed Forum 2018 River Champion.
The River Champion judging panel are looking for an individual from any walk of life with an outstanding commitment to the protection and enhancement of the River Tweed and the natural, built and cultural heritage of its surroundings. Last year’s Tweed Forum River Champion was Jim Sinclair, a farmer from Galashiels, who was chosen in recognition of his efforts to integrate farming, forestry and conservation, and for his enthusiasm for land and water management education. The very first winner, in 2016, was octogenarian Frank Turnbull from Coldstream, who continues to encourage and promote the control of invasive plant species on the riverbanks.
The Award is open to anyone from the Scottish Borders or North Northumberland and the public are being asked to nominate anyone they feel deserves special recognition for their work protecting and preserving the Tweed and its surroundings.
Farmers, foresters, fishermen, landowners, members of the community and anyone else with the welfare of the river at heart are all eligible. Their championing of the River Tweed should include activity undertaken after 2010 and could include anything from wildlife preservation initiatives and flood prevention to woodland, wetland and moorland management, listed building preservation or other relevant work. It can be carried out through their employment, through volunteering or other personal commitment.
The eventual winner of the Tweed Forum River Champion Award will be decided by a judging panel and will receive a beautiful, specially-commissioned trophy by Scottish artist Jane Raven.
Find out how to nominate here.
A shortlist of nominees will be announced in October with the eventual winner, chosen by a panel of judges, announced in November.