Breaking news: Burnley URES wins HLF funding for urban river restoration and public engagement

Burnley river map - Ribble Rivers Trust

Great news just in: the Ribble Rivers Trust’s Urban River Enhancement Scheme (URES) in Burnley (which we previously blogged about here and here) has been awarded £674,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Since October 2011, the 18-month development phase of the project, led by Victoria Dewhurst, has already produced a wide range of investigative studies and initiatives to engage local communities in caring for the Rivers Brun and Lancashire Calder, which converge in the town.

With the next 2 years’ HLF funding confirmed, a total of almost £1 million will be spent on education projects and important physical improvements to the rivers.

Click here to download the Ribble Rivers Trust’s full press release, and here to read Vic’s latest blog (including details of community river cleanups conducted so far… and a slightly unorthodox fish rescue involving a small brown trout and a crisp packet!)

(Photo: Ribble Rivers Trust)

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