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A key aim of the project is an increasing involvement and understanding by people, both locals and visitors. Priorities are to increase the number of farmers joining the scheme, and people from the local community through volunteering, attending events and enjoying the area.


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Long Preston Floodplain Project Trail

Download our map which shows two walks in the area and the locations of the 6 Long Preston interpretations boards.

All routes are Public Rights of Way, please respect the marked paths and follow the countryside code.


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Events & Dates

Events & Dates to follow...

What You Can Do

  1. Enquire about your farm
    Your farm may be eligible to join an Agri-Environment scheme as part of the project, contact Natural England for information.
  2. Attend an event or activity – See Events and dates.
    The aim is to make low key and appropriate use of the distinctive features of the landscape. Either walk yourself on the Ribble Way, one of the circular routes or attend a guided walk in the Events Programme.
  3. Arrange a school visit
    The area provides an excellent educational resource for schools and lifelong learning providing a good example of how farming, wildlife and water management can be successfully integrated. Contact the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust fro more information
  4. Wildlife monitoring
    Ongoing monitoring of birds, plants and habitat quality is vital to ensure the management is working. The local branch of the RSPB are involved in surveying the birdlife.
  5. Use a local business
    The project is keen to support the use of local businesses in the area of Long Preston, Rathmell, Wigglesworth, Giggleswick and Settle. Please see the local area page.

Getting Involved:

If you are interested in the project and would like more information or to get involved please contact:

Gavin Thomas - Conservation Officer


Adrian Shepherd - Long Preston Floodplain Project Contract

Tel: 01729 840620 - Email:

Dave Tayler

Tel: 015242 51002 - Email:

For Environmental Stewardship enquiries:

Graham Walsh

Tel: 0300 060 4188 - Mobile: 07795 127554

Jack Spees - Ribble River Trust

Tel: 01200 444452 - Mobile: 07739 477174

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