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Trout in the Classroom- inspiring children across our catchment

Our first trout eggs of the school year have now been delivered safely to schools Balderstone and Accrington, with more eggs due to be delivered over the coming week.

Education and engagement are some of the most important parts of our work, and our Trout in the Classroom sessions have been a hit with primary schools across our catchment year after year. By raising the trout from eggs, watching them change and grow, before releasing them into the river young people learn about a range of subjects in a fun and rewarding way.

Our sessions are carefully planned to involve multiple aspects of the curriculum, such as science, English, geography, and art. By taking pupils out of the classroom and delivering interactive activities our sessions also provide benefits to pupil’s education and help broaden their horizons; taking part in new activities and visiting new places.

The Trust’s education and engagement staff have years of experience in delivering education sessions for young people, helping schools meet their targets whilst teaching the children the importance of rivers, nature, and wildlife and giving them the knowledge, tools, and passion they need to inspire them to respect and protect their local rivers and wider environment.

In the last 5 years we have delivered educational river focused sessions to over 7,000 pupils at over 90 schools. Our targets going forward are to expand this even further, with our new Lancashire Woodland Connect campaign aiming to give 5,000 children the opportunity to plant a tree.

If you have knowledge, experience, and skills in the education sector we’d love to hear from you, as we’re always looking for a spare pair of hands to help us with our work in schools. You can contact us at https://ribbletrust.org.uk/contact/.

If you’d like to help us to inspire a passion for the outdoors you can donate to our Lancashire Woodland Connect project; £15.00 will buy a tree and cover the costs associated with planting.

Some of the work done by schools in previous years
Some of the work done by schools in previous years

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.