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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.

The Trust was formed by six volunteers in 1998, all motivated by a need they had seen for an organisation that was locally driven with river and stream conservation at its core.  Originally we were known as the Ribble Catchment Conservation Trust, and while this is still our registered company name, we operate today as the Ribble Rivers Trust.

In 1999 we obtained Charitable Status and for several years delivered all of our physical improvement projects on a purely voluntary basis.

Today, the Trust has ten Trustees, who volunteer a wide range of skills and experience that are necessary to the function and activities of the Trust.  We also have a great team of employees with a vast skills and knowledge base, actively delivering great projects throughout the Ribble catchment.

The Ribble catchment covers an area of over 700 square miles and contains more than 6,000 miles of watercourses.  As well as the Ribble we look after the River Calder,  River Hodder, River Darwen, and River Douglas sub-catchment. This means that we not only look after all these rivers, but all of the rivers, streams, and becks that flow into them.

As a non-profit organisation, we are reliant on grant funding opportunities and donations to fund the activities of the Trust and achieve on our shared conservation aspirations for the River Ribble.

We are proud to have become a charity that visitors and local people alike have become proud and supportive of, and have become a valued partner in delivering river improvement projects with many organisations, including Government Agencies, Local Authorities and Non-Governmental Organisations.  We are committed to and excited for the future and the improvements we can help deliver.

In the last 21 years the Trust has;

  • Addressed 58 river blocking barriers such as dams and weirs which has made an extra 600 km of river available for fish and other species.
  • Created 33 eel passes which have made it easier for the protected European eel to move around the catchment.
  • Delivered river themed education sessions in over 90 schools, speaking to over 7,000 children.
  • Delivered 10 farm advice projects which have helped farmers and landowners across the catchment reduce pollution and create new habitats.
  • Planted over 150,000 trees over 180 hectares, with help from our wonderful volunteers.
  • Restored 640 hectares of peat moorland, helping to lock up carbon and mitigate climate change.
  • Surveyed, recorded, and monitored river health at over 350 sites annually.
  • Delivered 1,000s of volunteer days teaching people a wide variety of practical skills, as well as giving training in specific fields such as species identification.

The Ribble catchment, including the Douglas catchment which we have recently taken responsibility for despite it having always been a part of our catchment,

Charity number: 1070672
Company number:3498691
The Ribble Rivers Trust is the operating name of the Ribble Catchment Conservation Trust Ltd.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance- please read

Please note that, following Government guidelines and the fact UK Chief Medical Officers have now raised the Coronavirus (COVID-19) risk to the UK from moderate to high, Ribble Rivers Trust are taking precautions, and making changes to our day to day operations.

Some Ribble Rivers Trust staff are now working from home. If you wish to speak to a specific member of staff and you know their mobile phone number or email address please contact them in this way. Otherwise please contact us in the usual way.

Volunteer event cancellations

Dear volunteers,

It is with regret that we announce that we are postponing all volunteer activity with Ribble Rivers Trust. We know there are many benefits to volunteering, including the positive boost to mental and physical health, the chance to meet others and contribute positively to your local area. However, given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the most recent Government advice – asking everybody in the UK to stay at home and only go out for essentials such as food and medicine – we feel that continuing to include volunteers in the limited work we are able to do now would put people at unnecessary risk and be irresponsible. We all want to improve and protect our environment and rivers, but to do that we need to stay healthy and this must be our priority for the time being. We will continue to keep you up to date with the work we are able to do and will organise new volunteer days as soon as we possibly can. Please stay connected with us over the coming weeks and keep yourselves safe and well.

Refer to gov.uk/coronavirus for up to date information and guidance.

We will come through this and our environment and rivers will still need you, let’s make sure we’re all ready for it when the time comes.

Yours faithfully,

Jack Spees.