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Nominations for the first Ploughlands Legacy Award are now open

Staff from Denton St Coop litter picking by the Caldew for Eden Rivers Trust. Photo Rod Ireland.

Cumbrian river conservation charity, Eden Rivers Trust has today launched the Ploughlands Legacy Award. This new award will be presented annually to an individual or a group whose actions have contributed significantly to the conservation of the rivers and lakes of the River Eden catchment.

The award takes its name from a devastating pollution incident at ‘Ploughlands’ on the Eden near Appleby in 1993. Following the incident, riparian owners, anglers and local river enthusiasts came together to secure compensation for the river and its wildlife. They used the funds awarded to establish Eden Rivers Trust as a conservation body representing the whole of the River Eden catchment.

Thanks to the foresight and generosity of spirit of these citizens, the Trust still thrives today, continuing the founders’ aims: to secure the conservation of Eden’s rivers and advance the education of the public in management of water and river habitats.

Do you know someone who would be deserving of this award? Anyone can nominate a person/group. The award is open to all ages, whether they are independent or part of an organisation.

To nominate, just send names, plus a short paragraph outlining why they qualify for the 2019 award, by 30 April 2019 to [email protected] marked for the attention of Chair of Trustees/Chief Executive of Eden Rivers Trust.

The presentation of the 2019 Ploughlands Legacy Award will take place at Eden Rivers Trust’s Supporters’ Day on 18 May 2019.

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