Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership project

Pendle Hill is the source of several streams in the Ribble Catchment. Some flowing into the Ribble itself, with others flowing south to the River Calder. Working as a delivery partner in the Forest of Bowland AONB’s Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership project offers a fantastic opportunity for the Trust to tackle several water quality issues at their source.

About the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership

The Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership project, led by the Forest of Bowland AONB, was awarded £1.8 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2018. The project is a four year programme of activity based around the heritage and landscape of Pendle. It’s overall aims focus on connecting people with their landscape and heritage. At the same time we’re working towards a sustainable future for the area.

Ribble Rivers Trust’s focus is Pendle WINNS (Woodland and Invasive Non-Native Species). This aims to improve biodiversity on Pendle through woodland creation and the control of non-native invasive species. Additionally, we aim to promote better environmental awareness and engagement with local farmers and landowners, as well as local communities, visitors, and volunteers.

Volunteers planting trees the bottom of Pendle Hill

What have we been delivering?

Four woodlands are currently under sustainable and environmentally friendly management, and we are creating twelve new woodlands. Several sites have also benefitted from invasive species control which includes the removal of Himalayan balsam.

Over 580 volunteer days have been completed as part of the Partnership. As is usually the case, our volunteers are a major part of the success! Alongside several local schools, they provided the valuable people power needed to plant tens of thousands of trees.

This project is now complete. The Forest of Bowland AONB have commissioned a short film to celebrate the partnership’s achievements, and how they’ve impacted local communities. Watch the film below, or click on the film to go straight to YouTube.