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Lancashire Woodland Connect

We are launching a decade-long campaign to double the area of woodland across Lancashire to fight climate change, improve air quality and reduce flooding. We will plant more than half a million trees to reduce flooding, improve air quality and remove 100,000 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere

The Ribble catchment is more than just the River Ribble, click the map to enlarge and see the catchment as a whole.
The Ribble catchment is more than just the River Ribble, click the map to enlarge and see the catchment as a whole.

Working with private and public sector supporters together with community-based groups and conservation charities, we are aiming to create 100 kilometres of new or restored woodland alongside the Rivers Ribble, Lune and Wyre and their whole catchments.

Our ambitious 10-year Lancashire Woodland Connect project will create an expanding network of connected woodlands for the benefit of communities across the entire county.

In order to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets over the next decade, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has worked out that we need to plant at least 50,000 trees throughout Lancashire EVERY YEAR.

But to pay for it all we need to raise £500,000 per year of funding from public and private sector partners, grants, and the general public in order to raise £5 million. Progress has already been made towards this year’s target and this exciting initiative will continue to engage thousands of sponsors, volunteers, schools and community groups.

Ribble Rivers Trust Director Jack Spees said:

“There is huge appetite from communities across the Ribble catchment to do their bit to tackle climate change, increase biodiversity and contribute to natural flood risk management.

“It’s clear that there are significant benefits to be achieved by expanding woodland cover and that this should be a priority for all, but the scale of this project is beyond the capacity of a single organization and a partnership is required to take this forward. By working together, we can achieve so much more than alone.”

So we really want YOU to get involved in the campaign – either by donating via the Ribble Rivers Trust website or by participating in hundreds of grass roots tree planting and habitat creation projects across the county.

Find out more at ribbletrust.org.uk/get-involved/