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RIVER WALK TO CELEBRATE BAGS OF HELP FROM TESCO

The Ribble Rivers Trust are leading a free circular river walk around Burnley’s Rivers Calder and Brun this Sunday 22nd October to celebrate the newly created guide.

The river walk has been devised with support from the Tesco Bags of Help fund in a scheme that also included the removal of Bluebell Wood Weir near Towneley Park, and river education sessions with local primary schools. The 7.7 mile river walk starts at 10am from the car park on Centenary Way and takes in the ‘straight mile’ above the Calder Valley, Towneley Park, Bluebell Wood and the villages of Hurstwood and Worsthorne.

“This project has allowed us to work with primary school children, teenagers and older residents proving that every generation values their local environment and can work together to improve and protect their local river. We’re delighted to be running a guided river walk that will celebrate the project and urge everyone to come along and find out more about what we’ve done” said Emily Bateman, Education and Engagement Officer for the Ribble Rivers Trust.

The project is a scheme within a larger programme of work called Ribble Life Together, supported by Heritage Lottery funding and delivering a healthier river system for the benefit and enjoyment of local communities and wildlife. KS2 pupils from Worsthorne, St Peter’s, Springfield and St Stephen’s, as well as members from Burnley and District U3A and participants in the Burnley National Citizen Service have all contributed to its success.

Harvey Hamilton-Thorpe, Programme Manager at Ribble Rivers Trust, spoke about the modification of Bluebell Wood weir, “With the help of Tesco Bags of Help funding, this project will enable wildlife to migrate freely over a newly modified weir, improving habitat and improving the overall health of the River Calder through Burnley.  The presence and health of these iconic species play a vital role in awareness raising and educating local people and children about their local environment.”

Participants are advised to wear warm and waterproof clothing, wear suitable footwear and bring a drink and lunch to eat en route. To book your free place, please contact Ribble Rivers Trust on 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 www.ribbletrust.org.uk

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance- please read

The Ribble Rivers Trust are leading a free circular river walk around Burnley’s Rivers Calder and Brun this Sunday 22nd October to celebrate the newly created guide.

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.

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 www.ribbletrust.org.uk

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