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A Year on the Ribble- Press Release

Capturing the beauty of the River Ribble on camera over the course of a year is the focus of a new community photography project.

A Year on the Ribble is an art installation by Ribble Rivers Trust (RRT) as part of Ribble Life Together, a project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Photography stands designed and produced by Lancashire designer, Philippe Handford, have been installed along the river at Stainforth near Settle; Edisford in Clitheroe; Avenham Park in Preston, and Lytham Green near the windmill.

A snapshot taken at the Avenham Park photography stand

RRT hope that locals and visitors alike will take a photograph of the view every time they pass the stands which are in situ until April 2021.

The images will capture the changing views along the river throughout the seasons and people will be encouraged to share the photographs with RRT via social media.

This kind of art installation is a first for RRT and is a celebration of the final year of Ribble Life Together which began in 2017 with the aim of delivering a healthier river system for the benefit and enjoyment of local communities and local wildlife.

It’s hoped that by photographing the river during the year, more people will discover its beauty.

RRT Programme Manager, Harvey Hamilton-Thorpe, said: “For this community photography project, we’ve tried to span the Ribble from the top to its estuary and choose places along the river which a lot of people pass. We hope they will enjoy taking pictures throughout the year and sharing them with the world.”

“We want to encourage people to use the river and become more aware of the many other RRT activities and events which they can be involved with all year round.”

Photographs can be shared via social media #ayearontheribble on the Ribble Rivers Trust Facebook, Twitter: @RibbleTrust and Instagram: ribbleriverstrust. Pictures can also be emailed to admin@ribbletrust.com

For further information about Ribble Life Together, visit ribblelifetogether.org or contact the Ribble Rivers Trust on 01200 444452 or via ribblelife@ribbletrust.com

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.