Plastics campaigner picks up environmental award

A teacher from the Scottish Borders has been given an award for his efforts to reduce plastics ending up in rivers and waterways.

The Tweed Forum River Champion Award is chosen by a panel of judges who wade through nominated individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the protection of the Tweed.

This year it's gone to Tom Rawson, from Melrose, who recently organised a river clean-up which saw nearly 200 people chipping in to help.

Tom Rawson was awarded a trophy this afternoon. Credit: ITV Border

Two tonnes of litter was collected by volunteers in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Cardrona, Coldstream, Galashiels, Kelso, Melrose, Peebles and St Boswells.

He has also reduced single use plastics in the school he works in.

James Hepburne Scott Chairman, from the Tweed Forum said:

Tom is the fourth person to receive the award which is presented by charitable trust the Tweed Forum.

Each champion receives a glass trophy by Scottish artist Jane Raven and designer Nicko Dalton.

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