The Ribble Rivers Trust is hosting a FREE event for members of the public to help plant a new woodland near Tosside on Saturday 25th November.

Over 7,000 native trees including oak, rowan, birch, field maple and wild cherry will make up the four-hectare woodland in the Forest of Bowland.

The new trees will provide a range of benefits for the environment, including reduced pollution in watercourses, reduced rainfall runoff from fields, provision of new habitat for wildlife and mitigation against the effects of climate change.

The woodland at Tosside is just one of six planting schemes that the Ribble Rivers Trust is delivering this winter and in total, over 15,000 trees will be planted between now and next March.

Jonny Walker, the Trust’s Volunteer Supervisor comments “We’re hoping to set a new Ribble Trust record for the most trees planted in one day! Newcomers are welcome, you don’t need any prior experience as instructions are given at the start of the day, and we also provide the tools and refreshments. It’s a fantastic opportunity for families and individuals alike to get outdoors, enjoy some fresh air and do something good for our planet.”

The work is being done as part of a three-year project called ‘Ribble Life Together’. The project aims to raise awareness of the plight of our rivers and enable people to get involved in restoring them for the benefit of wildlife and communities. The £3.2 million project is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Environment Agency and other match funders.

For more details about the Ribble Trust’s Big Tree Plant on the 25th November and other opportunities for volunteering, please see the Events Calendar on the Trust’s website: www.ribbletrust.org.uk or call 01200 444452.

The Ribble Rivers Trust (RRT) is a local environmental charity established in 1997 to protect and restore the rivers, streams and watercourses within the Ribble catchment and to raise public awareness of the value of our local rivers and streams. The Ribble catchment is the area of land that is drained by the River Ribble and its major tributaries; the Hodder, Calder and Darwen. It covers a varied landscape, from the rural hills of the Yorkshire Dales and the source of the River Ribble, to major urban areas of Lancashire including Blackburn, Burnley and Preston. For more information visit https://ribbletrust.org.uk