On Sunday 24th September a team of 27 dedicated volunteers helped collect around 2 tonnes of rubbish along the north banks of the Ribble near Freckleton.

Organised jointly by Ribble Rivers Trust and the LOVEmyBEACH campaign, the event was held to raise awareness of World Rivers Day and as a Cache In Trash Out event, allowing geocachers to volunteer their time to clean up the environment, before exploring the surrounding area to hunt for geocaches.

Volunteer Lesley said, “We had a great time on Sunday at the Cache In Trash Out, it was lovely to see the children getting stuck in and I can’t believe how much rubbish we collected!”

The Cache In Trash Out event was part of Ribble Life Together, a programme of river improvement projects and people-focussed activities that explore and celebrate the rich heritage of the Ribble Catchment and encourage more people to discover the wonder of our rivers for themselves. Ribble Life Together is supported by National Lottery Players through the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as a range of other funders.

Harvey Hamilton-Thorpe, Programme Manager at the Ribble Rivers Trust added, “We’re really pleased with how the Cache In Trash Out event went. It was great to see so many people coming along to help keep their river and estuary free from rubbish. It’s always great working with Emma Whitlock from LOVEmyBEACH and this is the second event we’ve run with geocachers. Overall it’s been a great success and we’re already planning for the future.”

For further information about everything Ribble Life Together will achieve, please visit or contact the Ribble Rivers Trust on 01200 444452 or via


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