A charity which protects and restores rivers across the region has been crowned overall winner at the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Sustainability Awards (CSA).

Westcountry Rivers Trust also won the environmental growth category in the awards ceremony held at the Royal Cornwall Museum on Friday.

The trust was praised for its work in bringing rivers to life for almost 30 years and its vision to see the region’s freshwater environments flowing freely and teeming with life for all who depend on them.

It was singled out for using science, evidence and experience to underpin its restoration work as well as its commitment to the resilience of freshwater resources.

Now in its 21st year, the Cornwall Sustainability Awards, hosted by Cornwall Council, celebrates organisations and individuals across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly for their contribution towards sustainability, environmental growth, the circular economy and carbon neutrality.

For the first time this year there was a new, growing greener award for tree-planting which went to The Grower, a family-run nursery based in St Agnes specialising in growing and supplying wholesale trees and hedging.

Josie Purcell from Westcountry Rivers Trust and Caroline Carter from Business Cornwall

Other winners were green tech company Cleaner Seas Groups for the circular economy category and Treveth Holdings for the carbon neutral section.

The most sustainable organisation prizes went to independent internet provider, Wildanet, in the large organisations category; cheesemakers Lynher Dairies for medium-sized organisations; and sustainable holiday accommodation company Railholiday for the small section.

A perpetual award was set up in memory of the former chair of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, Mark Duddridge, who died earlier this year.

The winner of this category which rewards those with a sustainable vision went to Cornish independent film production company Bosena.

Cllr Martyn Alvey, Cornwall Council cabinet member for environment and climate change and one of the competition judges, said: “The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Sustainability Awards highlights the breadth of innovative organisations we have here in our region and how dedicated they are to helping nature thrive, lowering our impact on the planet and boosting our green economy and skills.

“We want to thank all our amazing entrants and winners and everyone who attended our awards evening for making this such a special event.”

Cllr Martyn Alvey, Cornwall Council cabinet member for environment and climate change