Voting opens for Tweed’s first River Champion

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The River Tweed is a major contributor to the region’s economy and many people play their part in ensuring it remains in tip top condition.

Now the Tweed Forum wants the public to nominate the person who they feel has shown most commitment to the Tweed and deserves the title of being the first River Champion.

The new award is part of the Tweed Forum’s 25th anniversary celebrations this year.

The forum was set up to protect and enhance the River Tweed and its surroundings but their success in doing so has only been possible with the help of dedicated farmers, foresters, landowners, ghillies and others on both sides of the borders, who have shown their long term dedication to the cause through their employment, volunteering or other personal commitments.

Luke Comins, director of Tweed Forum said: “A huge amount of work is undertaken by a whole host of people to improve the Tweed and the area around it, encompassing wildlife preservation initiatives, flood prevention, woodland, wetland and moorland management, listed building preservation and more.

“Their efforts combine to make a huge difference in the preservation of one of our most important assets for the benefit of wildlife, businesses and everyone living here.

“We hope that the public on both sides of the border will help us to give them the recognition they deserve by nominating someone they feel would be a worthy winner.”

Nominations for the 2016 Tweed River Champion Award should be made in writing by post or email and full details are available on the Tweed Forum’s website at www.tweedforum.org/riverchampion or from the Tweed Forum stands at various events during the summer months: the Royal Highland Show, Ingliston, the Scottish Game Fair, the Border Union Show, Kelso, Peebles Agricultural Show and Glendale Agricultural Show, Wooler.

From the nominations a shortlist which will be drawn up and announced in October with the eventual winner, chosen by a panel of judges, announced in November. The 2016 Tweed Forum River Champion will receive a beautiful, specially commissioned glass trophy by Scottish artist Jane Raven.