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Melrose Great Borders River Clean

Supporting a BettrCommunity

On Sunday 16th May the Brett Investment team, along with many others, had a fun and fulfilling time helping out at the Melrose leg of Tom Rawson’s Great Borders River Clean.

We were joined by about 30 others (as young as age 3 right through to some in their 70’s) for an active hour of litter picking on the banks of the Tweed, either side of the chain bridge.

As part of our continued commitment to supporting our local community, we are backing GreenTweed Eco financially (to help build a website) and now with people power!

Founded by Tom Rawson (a teacher at St Mary’s Prep School) the Great Borders River Clean returned for the first time since March 2020. This edition of the Great Borders River Clean was a huge success with over 460 volunteers, collecting over 3,000kg of rubbish from the Tweed, Teviot and a host of smaller tributaries right across the region.

Tom Rawson - GreenTweed Eco

Founder of GreenTweed Eco and St. Mary’s School teacher Tom Rawson explained:

The Great Borders River Clean really holds up a mirror to our special Borders communities. Not only does it demonstrate the strength of spirit of our towns and villages when they pull together to tackle a common cause but it also shows where we need to act to treat the natural environment on which we rely fairly and responsibly. We have found all manner of weird items from the usual bottles, food wrappers, plastic bags and wet wipes to shopping trolleys, mattresses, signposts and even a memorial sun dial. What all these things have in common is that they were all disposed of by someone who did not care or did not know how to do it the right way. That’s something that I want to change. I have been extremely fortunate to have the support of the Fallago Environment Fund, Roxburghe Estates and EDF Energy as well as the encouragement of my employer, St. Mary’s School, Melrose to make the Great Borders River Clean the successful event it has become. I am very excited to see where we can take this amazing project.”

The Great Borders River Clean will be repeated in October and there are plans for GreenTweed Eco to expand the successful formula to other river systems across Scotland.