10 episodes

Telling stories that explore and celebrate the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble and its tributaries.

Talking Rivers Ribble Rivers Trust

    • Society & Culture

Telling stories that explore and celebrate the social, cultural and natural history of the River Ribble and its tributaries.

    TR EP09 - Pete Leeson, Woodland Trust

    TR EP09 - Pete Leeson, Woodland Trust

    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.ribblelifetogether.orgtwitter.com/ribblelifefacebook.com/RibbleTrust/

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

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

    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.ribblelifetogether.orgtwitter.com/ribblelifefacebook.com/RibbleTrust/

    • 41 min
    TR EP07 - Paul Sumner, Ribble Estuary Fisherman

    TR EP07 - Paul Sumner, Ribble Estuary Fisherman

    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.ribblelifetogether.orgtwitter.com/ribblelifefacebook.com/RibbleTrust/

    • 21 min
    TR EP06 - Philip Lord, Ribble Rivers Trust

    TR EP06 - Philip Lord, Ribble Rivers Trust

    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.ribblelifetogether.orgtwitter.com/ribblelifefacebook.com/RibbleTrust/

    • 25 min
    TR EP05 - John Lamb, Ecologist

    TR EP05 - John Lamb, Ecologist

    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.ribblelifetogether.orgtwitter.com/ribblelifefacebook.com/RibbleTrust/

    • 24 min
    TR EP04 - John Eccles, Ribble Pilot Boat Skipper

    TR EP04 - John Eccles, Ribble Pilot Boat Skipper

    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.ribblelifetogether.org  twitter.com/ribblelife  facebook.com/RibbleTrust/  

    • 28 min

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