Pupils help environment by planting trees

Pupils down at the river bank. (s)

Pupils down at the river bank. (s)

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Thornley Hall near Chipping was the setting for a river and environment day when primary school pupils planted trees and tried their hands at coarse fishing.

Year 5 pupils from Heasandford Primary School, Burnley, planted 37 trees and fished, supported by staff and volunteers from the Ribble Rivers Trust and the Loud and Hodder Anglers.

The initiative is funded by the Environment Agency’s Fisheries Improvement Fund.

As well as being rewarding for the pupils, the day also helped in the development of the Ribble Rivers Trust’s environmental education programme, which is being expanded as part of new Heritage Lottery Funded work. Entitled Ribble Life Together, the project will improve the Ribble Catchment for people and wildlife, working with local communities to understand and improve their local streams and rivers.

Sarah Bolton, agricultural projects officer said: “It’s been a real team effort. Without the support of local business and landowners it would be almost impossible to improve the rivers in the catchment and involve people in the process.”

For more information on the trust, visit www.