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Blind environmental champion recognised

Published October 27, 2017 10.45am

A blind South Moor resident has been given a 'Caring for your Environment Award' for showcasing a persistent passion for improving his local area.

Environment Award

(L-R) Oliver Sherratt, head of direct services, Malcolm Watson and neighbourhood warden Paul Rutherford

Malcolm Watson's disability has been no barrier to him in regularly removing weeds and picking up litter in his local neighbourhood. He has also campaigned on local issues such as bus shelters in need of repairs, rubbish bins being left out and overhanging trees, all of which have been addressed.

Malcolm was recently presented with his award by Oliver Sherratt, who sits as the interim chair of the County Durham Environment Partnership. He said: "I was delighted to present Malcom with this award, which recognises people and organisations who through their actions can inspire others. I was so impressed that lack of sight has not affected his passion for his neighbourhood, and what he has achieved has been for the benefit of the whole community, not just those that are blind or partially sighted." 

Malcolm was also presented with a copy of his Caring for your Environment Award in braille.

The County Durham Environment Partnership presents Caring for your Environment Awards to individuals and groups who are committed to protecting and improving their local environment.

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