Long Preston Floodplain Project

Enhancing the important wet grassland habitats of the Ribble floodplain between Long Preston and Settle.

The Long Preston Floodplain partnership

The Long Preston Floodplain Project is a partnership between Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Natural England, the Environment Agency, North Yorkshire County Council, Ribble Rivers Trust local landowners and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

In 2021 we received a grant of £244,700 from the Government’s £40 million second round of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, a multi-million pound boost for green jobs and nature recovery. The fund was developed by Defra and its Arm's-Length Bodies. It is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England, the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission.This funding enabled us to launch a new phase of the project called Deeper Connections in September 2021.    

Long Preston Floopplain Project 10 year celebration
Long Preston Flooplain 10 year celebration in 2014

The Ribblesdale Farmers Group

Farmers with land in the Long Preston Deeps area set up The Ribblesdale Farmers Group in 2017 to look at natural flood management measures that they can implement on their land. The Ribblesdale Farmers Group also aims to make the farmed landscape better for wildlife and farming, as well as helping to prevent flooding and improving water quality. The group enables local farmers to collaborate – sharing knowledge and experience and working together to improve the sustainability of their farms and to enable better access to funding for capital works.

The Group received European Union funding from the Countryside Stewardship Scheme’s Facilitation Fund to build on the success of the Long Preston Floodplain Project. The successful bid was developed by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust in conjunction with local farmers and the Ribble Rivers Trust Read more