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Ribble, Hodder, Calder, Darwen and Douglas

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Stainforth stepping stones, at the heart of the river ribble's catchment

UK river prize winners 2022

Ribble Rivers Trust is a UK based charity working to improve, protect and promote the River Ribble for both people and wildlife.  We are based in Clitheroe, an ancient market town at the heart of the Ribble Valley, and work with the public and many organisations to deliver river improvements across the entire Ribble catchment.

In 2022 we won the award that affirms our ability. Ribble Rivers Trust are proud winners of the UK River Prize which, each year, is awarded to the organisation that has done the most to improve their rivers.

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There are four different factors we look at to decide how healthy a river is; water quality, water quantity, habitat health, and habitat connectivity. These four factors are all linked to each other and are the foundations of a healthy and well functioning river ecosystem.

If there are any problems affecting these four factors we can work to resolve them, and make our rivers healthier.

To do this we have seven key activities that we work on; engagement and education, woodland creation, fish passage, wetland creation, farm advice, farmland habitat improvements, and last, but by no means least, data and evidence.

Focussing on these activities enables us to ensure all the work we undertake serves a purpose and that all our projects are necessary and relevant to our aim of improving the Ribble catchment for wildlife and people.

Latest blog posts from ribble rivers trust

  • Bathing Water Designation Secured for Edisford Bridge
    Bathing Water Designation Secured for Edisford Bridge

    Ribble Valley residents have been granted their very own designated Bathing Water site thanks to the Ribble Rivers Trust’s Safe to Splash campaign. Following an extensive application and consultation process, Defra have today announced that Ribble Rivers Trust’s application to designate Edisford Bridge, Clitheroe as a bathing water under the Bathing Water Regulations has been…

  • Partnership paves new way for Primrose Nature Reserve
    Partnership paves new way for Primrose Nature Reserve

    Primrose Community Nature Trust and Ribble Rivers Trust have announced a new partnership that will continue the conservation and stewardship of Clitheroe’s Primrose Nature Reserve. This new collaboration will oversee the maintenance of the 16 acre site, aiming to ensure its long-term protection and preservation. Through the agreement, Ribble Rivers Trust will provide additional support…

  • Rooting for Change: Plastic-Free Woodlands
    Rooting for Change: Plastic-Free Woodlands

    All through this week we’re celebrating Earth Day, an annual awareness day which focuses on a specific environmental issue every year; this year’s theme is Planet vs. Plastic. Even though we spend countless hours cleaning up our rivers and picking up plastic, we know that sometimes, it’s unavoidable. However, now we’re fighting back against single…