Two youngsters from Bath have been recognised for their contribution to the environment after clearing up rubbish from the River Avon.
Charles Alexander Giffard Moore and Austin Haines, both Year 7 students at St Gregory’s school, received Community Awards from Councillor Sarah Moore, Chair of Bath & North East Somerset Council, during an assembly at the school.
The pair are dedicated to environmental causes and their commitment to cleaning up the river, specifically by collecting plastics and rubbish, caught the attention of the judging panel as outstanding contributors to the Young Volunteer of the Year category of this year’s B&NES Council Community Awards.
Beyond river conservation, they have also demonstrated a commitment to the environment, including protecting a swan’s nest against potential predators such as foxes and badgers.
The judges noted that this approach to environmental care showcases the depth of their commitment to preserving local wildlife.
Councillor Sarah Moore said: “It is truly inspiring to witness the dedication of Charles and Austin to the well-being of our environment.
“Their tireless efforts, from cleaning up the river to actively contributing to wildlife preservation, embody the spirit of the Young Volunteer of the Year award.”
Charles said: “I’m happy to get this award and I will continue protecting Mother Nature. Floating trash and debris are bad for aquatic animals. I’m glad my dog, Black Pug Puggy, was helping as well.
“I have enjoyed my time with my friend Austin. I have received new badges from Scouts and got recognised for this environmental action.”
The ten winners of this year’s Community Awards were selected from nearly 60 nominations and were announced earlier this month.