George Mackintosh receiving Pestiduous Award from The River Restoration Centre 2018 River Champion
George was put forward for the award by Alison Baker and team at The River Forth Fisheries Trust; he later said: "thank you all;. It was a nation wide award which I was very pleased to accept".
Slamannan A.C. Club was started by a small group of local anglers in 1933 and has been in existence from then throughout the war years. They have fished the upper reaches of the River Avon. Industries such as paper mills and open cast mining have taken their toll on the river and its wildlife.
In 1976, the Avon was dug out and canalised. Gravel beds were removed, boulders taken out, bends were filled in and the river course was straightened out. Pools were none-existent. This almost destroyed the habitat for fish, birds, invertebrate, water voles and otters.