Search for a river champion

The search is on in north Northumberland and the Borders for the Tweed Forum's 2018 River Champion.

Saturday, 19th May 2018, 09:07 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th May 2018, 10:10 am
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The accolade, now in its third year, rewards an individual with an outstanding commitment to the protection and enhancement of the River Tweed and the natural, built and cultural heritage of its surroundings. The public are being asked to nominate anyone they feel deserves special recognition for their work protecting and preserving it.

Luke Comins, director of Tweed Forum, said: “We know that a small army of unsung heroes are constantly working to protect the River Tweed, its tributaries and surroundings. Our River Champion award is a small way to recognise their efforts.”

Nominations close on September 7. They should be made in writing by post or email and full details are available on

A shortlist of nominees will be announced in October with the eventual winner, chosen by a panel of judges, announced in November.

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The river has a catchment of 5,000 sq km and is the second largest in Scotland. It is an important resource for the area and brings significant economic and environmental benefits.

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 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.

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.