Many congratulations to our 2018 Tweed Forum River Champion, Eric Hastings
Eric has worked on the river for 41 years, carrying out tasks that range from tracking and catching poachers and regulating rod fishing to carrying out fish monitoring surveys and dealing with pollution incidents, invasive plant species, illegal engineering works and obstructions in the water. Recently retired, his career at the River Tweed Commission saw him develop an encyclopaedic knowledge of the river and rise to the rank of Chief Inspector and Superintendent. Eric has an unrivalled knowledge of the Tweed and its tributaries the Till, Whiteadder, Teviot, Ettrick and Yarrow, which he has frequently navigated at speed, often in the dark.
We feel he’s a truly worthy recipient of this year’s award, which is given to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the protection and enhancement of the River Tweed and the natural, built and cultural heritage of its surroundings. Find out more here http://tweedforum.org/our-work/river-champion/
Scottish Flood Forum members visited the Eddleston Water Restoration Project last week…
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Following the success of recent training events, Tweed Forum is assisting in promoting a hedge laying training course on Saturday 17th November 2018 at Furlongs farm, Ancrum, Jedburgh, in the Scottish Borders. Full details of the course, including details of how to book, are available here.
Are you an enthusiastic amateur or professional photographer from the Scottish Borders or North Northumberland? If so, you might be interested in our new charity calendar photography competition, which has a prize pot of over £800! We’re looking for pictures of the beautiful River Tweed for our 2020 calendar, which will be raising funds for our work. We’ve received much-appreciated support from Chirnside-based Ahlstrom-Munksjo and Johnston Press. Check out our competition page for more information.
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…read more.
The latest Forum newsletter is now available. Featuring updates on all our projects, as well as our outreach and policy work, it’s a great summary of Tweed Forum’s sustainable land and water management programme.
This Spring, we’re encouraging gardeners and growers to give peat-based compost a miss for the sake of the environment
Peat is an amazing carbon-store and also acts as a floodwater store and clean water filter, as well as providing a rich habitat for wildlife. Removing it harms our planet’s precious ecosystem so please try to use peat-free compost whenever you can. Please share on facebook or twitter to spread the word.