For a list and links to current projects please click here.

Using the process of “Identify-Improve-Sustain” the trust undertake activities through projects that deliver this process.   RRT try to integrate activities, such that each activity can help to identify and improve sustainably. IdentifyImproveSustain2 For example undertaking a walkover survey to identify problems will give opportunities to engage with the Public, through engaging with the public RRT can then bring about improvements through behaviour change, or highlighting simple activities such as “Balsam Bashing”, and this form of engagement will help to sustain improvements.

Where the Trust as identified a specific problem it will set up a project to address this problem as holistically as possible.  The Trust prefers delivery of solutions, such as to remove a weir as opposed put a fish pass on it (solving as opposed mitigating).  The delivery of projects is very much determined by funding, which for RRT relies on grant funding or partner contributions.

Between 1999 and 2015 RRT delivered 161 habitat schemes (including woodlands),  8+ eel passes, 46 Fish passage projects, 3 upland moorland restoration projects, 11 In-channel habitat projects (including channel re-alignment and large woody debris), 103 Farm Yard infrastructure improvements, a huge amount of education project (such as trout in the classroom), tackled hundreds of thousands of square metres of Invasive non-native species, a huge number of engagement and training events and 1 significant urban engagement project.  Which for a small charity is not bad – we hope you agree!


3M Clitheroe volunteer tree planting on the River Loud

Volunteering is a vital component in the delivery of almost all of the Trust’s activities from putting up fences and planting trees to helping to survey and monitor projects, and more laterally delivering educational activities.  Volunteering with RRT isn’t just about helping to deliver the Trust’s projects, but provides an opportunity to learn about the activities that RRT delivers and why, but also to learn new skills, keep fit and socialise with others who have an interest in the environment as a whole.

Current or recently finished projects:

Urban River Enhancement Scheme (URES) – Our Biggest project ever! Improving the Rivers of Burnley through the community and partnership working

Limestone Ribble Restoration Project – Tackling a variety of issues to improve the upper part of our catchment

Diffusing the Issues in Rural Ribble – Working with farmers to reduce diffuse pollution in at risk locations in the Ribble Valley

Colne Water Restoration Project – A project focussed on improving the habitat and habitat connectivity of Colne water

Keeping the Ribble Cool – A project seeking to prepare, adapt and mitigate the impacts of Climate Change in the Ribble

Spring Salmon Tracking – Finding out where our spring salmon go to improve management

Lancashire Invasives – Tackling Invasive non native species to protect and improve the Ribble

Farm Advice to reduce Faecal Matter – A collaborative project with Natural England to reduce farm livestock faecal matter impacting our rivers and Bathing Waters

Litter Picking – A range of locations to tackle litter on our river and stream banks

Langden Gravel re-introduction – Re-introducing gravel to Langden Brook below a water intake

Past projects

RRT has been delivering projects with partners for over 15 years, some of these projects have been one off single year and focus activities, others have been multiple year holistic projects.

River Improvement Fund Phase 1

River Improvement Fund Phase 2

River Improvement Fund Phase 3

Investigating the Reasons for Failure on Cam and Gayle Beck

Fish Passage General

Riparian Habitat Schemes General

Off Stream Spawning Channels