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Woodland creation; planting trees and creating woodlands is one of our key activities. Trees do so much for people and our planet; they help reduce flood risk, filter our air and water, lock up carbon, provide homes for wildlife, and so much more. This is why every year we plant tens of thousands of trees across our catchment.

Education and Engagement; one of our key activities is to work with young people and members of the public. Our work has been inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds from communities across the catchment to learn more about their environment, and how they can protect it.

Farm Advice; a huge portion of the land in our catchment is dedicated to agriculture and we’re proud to say we have good working relationships with local farmers and landowners. Our farm advisers offer help and advice on how best to manage the farm for a successful business and healthy habitats.

Fish Passage; there are many barriers such as dams and weirs in our catchment, and these are blocking the movement of fish up and down our rivers. By restoring our rivers to a more natural state we can ensure not only the movement of fish, but the insects, birds, and mammals.

Wetland Creation; wetlands are a key habitat associated with rivers, but this type of habitats is becoming steadily rarer. Our work to restore and create habitats not only improves our river health, but also provides habitats for insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

Increased Access; we work hard to enable and encourage people to visit their local rivers, spend time close to nature and water, and immerse themselves in the outdoors. Spending time outside isn’t just good for the body and soul, it means we take ownership and feel responsible for our environment, and so are more inclined to take care of what we have.

Farm Land Habitat Improvements; almost all of our work is carried our on private land, and we use specialist modelling and tools to decide where to work. This enables us to work on the areas of farm land areas which will provide the most benefit for rivers and other habitats, as well as the human and animal residents.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance- please read

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.