Talking Rivers
TR EP09 - Pete Leeson, Woodland Trust

TR EP09 - Pete Leeson, Woodland Trust

December 2, 2019

The passions that drive Pete Leeson, Woodland Creation Advisor with the Woodland Trust, are his love of nature, the great outdoors, and music. Having experienced a varied career Pete is now settled in a job that he loves and which is helping protect and improve the habitats and health of our countryside, working in partership with many organisations to create woodlands across the Northwest. In this podcast he explains how his mother influenced him from an early age to think about how plants and animals interact, and how they can be managed in a way that is in every sense both productive and sustainable. He also shares his vision for the future - where the value of trees and woodlands is better understood, where harnessing the passion and power of the next generations will provide the energy to get things done, and where connecting habitats of every variety, with the support of landowners and communities, will be key to ensure joined up solutions to our environmental challenges can be supported to achieve lasting positive change.

The Talking Rivers Podcast explores and celebrates the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble and its tributaries. Throughout the series we will talk to a range of people who live, work and visit our fantastic rivers and hear about what makes the Ribble Catchment so special to so many people.

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TR EP08 - Farming by the Ribble with the Bolton family, Sawley

TR EP08 - Farming by the Ribble with the Bolton family, Sawley

November 18, 2019

The Bolton family have farmed at Bank Top Farm, Sawley since 1952. In this episode three generations of the family - Jean, Linda and Sarah - reminisce about bygone days and the changes they have seen over seven decades. They discuss how Jean and John came to buy the farm in their early 20's after working on other Ribble Valley farms after leaving school aged 14, changes in the dairy industry, the devastation of the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak, rebuilding the business with a flock of sheep, and some of the funny moments that come with husbanding livestock and living by a river. This podcast shows how the river influences the family and the farm as the weather and seasons change and every decision is made with the river in mind. A longer listen, this episode is both enjoyable and moving, and it is a privilege to listen to three women who have farming and the Ribble running through their veins.

The Talking Rivers Podcast explores and celebrates the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble and its tributaries. Throughout the series we will talk to a range of people who live, work and visit our fantastic rivers and hear about what makes the Ribble Catchment so special to so many people.

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TR EP07 - Paul Sumner, Ribble Estuary Fisherman

TR EP07 - Paul Sumner, Ribble Estuary Fisherman

November 4, 2019

Paul Sumner has fished the Ribble Estuary since his childhood in the 1970s. What started as a hobby became a way of life and he has braved the Northwest coastline year round in all weathers for almost 40 years. Paul provides a rare look at this unique way of life, describing the three types of fishing he does over the course of the year - Shrimp, Bass and Cockles. He also discusses the changes he's seen over the years, some of the challenges he and his fellow fishermen face, and some of the more unusual cargo he has brought back, or rescued, from the river and estuary. Being a fisherman is clearly a vocation for Paul and this podcast brings to life what has evidently being an interesting and enjoyable life on the estuary.

The Talking Rivers Podcast explores and celebrates the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble and its tributaries. Throughout the series we will talk to a range of people who live, work and visit our fantastic rivers and hear about what makes the Ribble Catchment so special to so many people.

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TR EP06 - Philip Lord, Ribble Rivers Trust

TR EP06 - Philip Lord, Ribble Rivers Trust

October 28, 2019

A keen angler from an early age, Philip Lord has spent a lifetime working to improve rivers. He has been Chairman of Ribble Rivers Trust since its creation and, as a resident of the Hodder Valley for 42 years, is passionate about the Ribble Catchment and all of its rivers. Philip's experience running a successful family business has been vital in supporting Ribble Rivers Trust to grow, and his willingness to learn from both successes and failures has ensured RRT continues to adapt and improve how it works and continue to thrive. Philip shares his perspective on some of the key issues affecting the Ribble and his vision for the future.

The Talking Rivers Podcast explores and celebrates the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble and its tributaries. Throughout the series we will talk to a range of people who live, work and visit our fantastic rivers and hear about what makes the Ribble Catchment so special to so many people.

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facebook.com/RibbleTrust/

TR EP05 - John Lamb, Ecologist

TR EP05 - John Lamb, Ecologist

October 21, 2019

John Lamb is a well known local ecologist and naturalist, having worked for Lancashire Wildlife Trust for over 20 years. In this podcast he shares thoughts about rivers, including memories such as fishing as young boy, his transition to ecology and his love of plants and their ability to survive and thrive in seemingly hostile places. He also shares his passion for the wild places that can still be found if you look for them, and his aspiration that everyone should get out and enjoy our wonderful natural heritage.

The Talking Rivers Podcast explores and celebrates the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble and its tributaries. Throughout the series we will talk to a range of people who live, work and visit our fantastic rivers and hear about what makes the Ribble Catchment so special to so many people.

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facebook.com/RibbleTrust/

TR EP04 - John Eccles, Ribble Pilot Boat Skipper

TR EP04 - John Eccles, Ribble Pilot Boat Skipper

October 14, 2019

Todays Talking Rivers podcast features John Eccles sharing some of his memories about working as a Pilot Boat Skipper on the Ribble between 1959 and when Preston Docks close in 1982. John refers to Andrew Newsham, who joined him on the Pilot boats and who continues to look after the docks, as well as others he worked with over the years. He also talks about some of the boats he skippered, such as the Joan and the Valiant. Further information can be found on the Rbble Life Together website and in our Preston Docks River Walk guide. John had a wealth of fascinating stories, we hope you enjoy the selection we have put together for this podcast.

The Talking Rivers Podcast explores and celebrates the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble and its tributaries. Throughout the series we will talk to a range of people who live, work and visit our fantastic rivers and hear about what makes the Ribble Catchment so special to so many people.

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twitter.com/ribblelife  

facebook.com/RibbleTrust/  

TR EP03 - Catherine Lancaster: Memories of the Ribble at Clitheroe

TR EP03 - Catherine Lancaster: Memories of the Ribble at Clitheroe

October 7, 2019

The Ribble at Clitheroe has a special place in Catherine 'Katie' Lancaster's heart. In this Podcast, Catherine shares a few of her happy memories including swimming, skating, skimming stones, her husband fishing and family picnics. Even the lady who was to make her wedding dress was a familiar figure down at the river. We also hear about the River Sprite Peg O'Nell, who is still said to haunt the Ribble.

The Talking Rivers Podcast explores and celebrates the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble and its tributaries. Throughout the series we will talk to a range of people who live, work and visit our fantastic rivers and hear about what makes the Ribble Catchment so special to so many people.

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twitter.com/ribblelife

facebook.com/RibbleTrust/

TR EP02 - Helen Dix, Environment Agency

TR EP02 - Helen Dix, Environment Agency

September 30, 2019

In todays episode, Environment Agency Catchment Co-ordinator Helen Dix provides an insight in to the important role the Environment Agency play in protecting our rivers and protecting homes from flooding. Helen talks about the people who inspire her, why she is so passionate about what she does, and how education, strong relationships and good communication are key to changing minds and getting things done.

The Talking Rivers Podcast explores and celebrates the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble and its tributaries. Throughout the series we will talk to a range of people who live, work and visit our fantastic rivers and hear about what makes the Ribble Catchment so special to so many people.

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twitter.com/ribblelife

facebook.com/RibbleTrust/

TR Special Edition #1 - Anthony Howarth, Sabden

TR Special Edition #1 - Anthony Howarth, Sabden

September 27, 2019

Anthony 'Tony' Howarth is long time resident of the Sabden village, Chair of Sabden Parish Council, activist, raconteur and occasional word smith. In 2017 when Ribble Rivers Trust created a 'rock ramp' fish pass on a disused weir in the centre of the village, Tony was a great supporter of the project and was involved throughout the process. This short Podcast captures some thoughts from Tony about the history and importance of Sabden Brook, as well as showcasing the short poem he wrote, now inscribed on a stone bench overlooking Sabden Brook and the fish pass.

The Talking Rivers Podcast explores and celebrates the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble and its tributaries. Throughout the series we will talk to a range of people who live, work and visit our fantastic rivers and hear about what makes the Ribble Catchment so special to so many people.

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twitter.com/ribblelife

facebook.com/RibbleTrust/

TR EP01 - Jack Spees, Ribble Rivers Trust

TR EP01 - Jack Spees, Ribble Rivers Trust

September 23, 2019

Welcome to Talking Rivers, a new Podcast that explores and celebrates the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble and its tributaries. Throughout the series we will talk to a range of people who live, work and visit our fantastic rivers and hear about what makes the Ribble Catchment so special to so many people.

In this first podcast the Jack Spees, Chief Executive of Ribble Rivers Trust, describes his own river story, why thinking on a catchment scale is essential, how the recent growth and success of Ribble Rivers Trust is only the begiining, and how our rivers can only be conserved for future generations if organisations work together. 

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