Snow, heat waves, and floods- the effects of climate change and how we can help

A long-standing member of our Loud Facilitation Group who farms in Chipping has been recording and monitoring rainfall on her land for decades and her results are in for February… in total the farm was deluged by 333.2mm of rainfall in just one month!

This is a record for February, and the 4th wettest month since records here began in September 1968.

Looking back to February 2018 we were hit by the Beast from the East with freezing temperatures and snowfall, in February 2019 we had record breaking high temperatures, and in February 2020 we have record levels of rainfall as well as flooding which has disrupted lives across the country.

These extreme weather events are causing problems for people, wildlife, and the environment, and is a clear indication of the problems we are already facing because of the climate crisis.

This year has seen the launch of our Lancashire Woodland Connect campaign, a campaign that will take action against climate change on a local level and hopes to spark action and inspire similar campaigns on a national level. With support from councils, businesses, and members of the public we are working hard over the next ten years to plant at least 500,000 trees across Lancashire, amongst other activities.

These trees will be planted in priority areas to maximise their benefits. Each woodland location will be carefully plotted and researched to make sure that trees are needed, will improve the existing habitat, reduce flood risk, and benefit wildlife and people. Another huge benefit provided will be the 100,000 tonnes of carbon (the main contributor to climate change) that will be captured and removed from the atmosphere.

As well as a reducing flood risk and capturing carbon there will be improvements in air quality and water quality, and a greater availability of natural recreational areas which will lead to an increase in physical activity levels and help to improve the physical and mental well-being of communities.

Of course, nature will also benefit from the work achieved through Lancashire Woodland Connect with improvements to existing woodlands, more diverse and better-connected habitats for wildlife, and an increased ability for our rivers, streams, and woodlands to adapt to climate change to through better habitat and more shade.

This campaign will rely on our communities- including councils, businesses, and the public- pulling together, taking action, and raising money. If you would like to find out how you can help with our work click here or to donate please click here.

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.