Primrose Lodge Blue and Greenway Project Progress

The Ribble Rivers Trust’s (RRT) ‘Primrose Lodge Blue and Greenway Project’ which is receiving £500,768 from the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government, through the European Regional Development Fund, is now near to commencing work on the site.

Over recent months a key step forward for the project was the establishment of a new Trust who will own and maintain the site into the future – Primrose Community Nature Trust (PCNT). Primrose Community Nature Trust has been formed by three local people keen to see the site changed into a public space that will enable the community to enjoy nature right on their doorstep.

Primrose Community Nature Trust, Ribbe Rivers Trust, and Ribble Valley Borough Council have been working together to prepare a management and maintenance plan for the site following Ribble Rivers Trust’s works, but also thinking about the future. Richard Stephenson, Chair of Primrose Community Nature Trust said “this first phase of work is fundamental to establishing a high-quality public space, but it is only the beginning. There is much more that can be done to improve the site and bring benefit to the local community and the environment”. The two trusts are planning an event in the summer to discuss the current plans, but also to gather thoughts and ideas for further improvements from the local community.

Jack Spees CEO of Ribble Rivers Trust said “The establishment of Primrose Community Nature Trust is fantastic, Ribble Rivers Trust’s work over an area of 700 square miles, so we are pleased there are local dedicated people who will work to maintain the site for the benefit of us all, and we will work with to try and deliver further improvements to the site.”

You can find further detail on the Project on the project page, and a new website has also been created for Primrose Community Nature Trust www.primrosecommunitynaturetrust.org

The Lower River Ribble

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Soon after flowing under Mitton Bridge, the River Ribble grows considerably where it is joined by the Rivers Hodder and Calder.  The ‘Big Ribble’ continues through fertile pastoral land with a large amount of dairy farming and becomes tidal in Preston, Lancashire’s administrative centre.  The Ribble Estuary flows past the fertile Fylde plain on its way to the Irish Sea, where the coastline becomes increasingly urbanised from Lytham St. Annes northwards towards the popular holiday destination of Blackpool.

The Upper River Ribble

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The Upper Ribble catchment includes the source of the River Ribble at the confluence of Gayle Beck and Cam Beck near the famous viaduct at Ribblehead, in the shadow of the Yorkshire Dales three peaks in the National Park area above Horton-in-Ribblesdale.  This area is lightly populated and the main use of land is for the rearing of sheep.  As the Ribble flows through Ribblesdale and on towards Lancashire the land becomes more fertile allowing dairy farming on the pastureland.  The principal towns include Settle in North Yorkshire, Barnoldswick and Clitheroe in Lancashire.

River Hodder

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The Hodder catchment includes some of the most attractive landscapes within the Ribble catchment. The whole area is within the designated Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the uplands are in the Bowland Fells SSSI. The catchment has a highly valued fishery and is popular with anglers. Stocks Reservoir and other upland river intakes, provide a vital part of the North West’s public water supply.  The Hodder valley is mostly agriculture with small rural villages including Dunsop Bridge and Slaidburn.

River Calder

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The Calder catchment includes the main River Calder which originates from the moorlands surrounding Nelson, Burnley, Colne and Accrington, before joining the Ribble below Whalley.  All the tributaries that flow into the River Calder such as Pendle Water, Colne Water and Hyndburn Brook are also in this area.  Historically this area was heavily industrialised (mill workings, paper production and so on) and much of the Calder and its tributaries were altered and impacted by industrial and urban development.  The catchment is predominantly urban.