Ribble Rivers Trust is a UK based charity working to improve, protect and promote the River Ribble for both people and wildlife. We are based in Clitheroe, an ancient market town at the heart of the Ribble Valley, and work with the public and many organisations to deliver river improvements across the entire Ribble catchment.
The Trust was formed by six volunteers in 1998, all motivated by a need they had seen for an organisation that was locally driven with river and stream conservation at its core. Originally we were known as the Ribble Catchment Conservation Trust, and while this is still our registered company name, we operate today as the Ribble Rivers Trust.
In 1999 we obtained Charitable Status and for several years delivered all of our physical improvement projects on a purely voluntary basis.
Today, the Trust has ten Trustees, who volunteer a wide range of skills and experience that are necessary to the function and activities of the Trust. We also have a great team of employees with a vast skills and knowledge base, actively delivering great projects throughout the Ribble catchment.
The Ribble catchment covers an area of over 700 square miles and contains more than 6,000 miles of watercourses. As well as the Ribble we look after the River Calder, River Hodder, River Darwen, and River Douglas sub-catchment. This means that we not only look after all these rivers, but all of the rivers, streams, and becks that flow into them.