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Preston car firm holds conservation event to support River Ribble green project

Posted on - 30th August, 2022 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Charities, Penwortham, Preston News, South Ribble News, Wildlife and Conservation
Pic: Bowker MINI

A Preston car firm has held an event to support conservation and environmental work on the River Ribble and its associated tributaries.

At the event, staff at Bowker MINI on Preston Docks joined forces with their customers to volunteer for Ribble Rivers Trust, making it the first time the firm has collaborated with customers to work on local conservation.

The Preston Bowker MINI Centre event focused on removing as much litter as possible at the River Ribble in Penwortham to help free the river and riverbanks from waste and plastic, preventing it from reaching the sea.

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Pic: Bowker MINI

Amy Lancaster-Hall, the group marketing manager at Bowker MINI, said: “MINI is built on ‘Big Love’, and we’re on a mission to make life brighter – two little words with the power to inspire a world of change.

“Many of our staff and customers live locally and enjoy the Lancashire countryside for recreation and leisure.

“Ribble Rivers Trust created a great event. We learned so much about their mission. It is just the start of our volunteering with them.”

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Pic: Bowker MINI

Last month, Bowker MINI Centres made their Big Love Pledge to deliver conservation improvements in the Ribble catchment to benefit people, wildlife and the environment.

Volunteers will be involved in organised support, including tree planting, clean-ups, fencing, and brash building using wood from fallen trees.

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Jack Spees, the chief executive of Ribble Rivers Ribble Trust, said: “Thank you to Bowker MINI staff and customers for joining us on our conservation event.

“Volunteers are important to us. They are a vital workforce in helping to deliver improvements to the environment and are the eyes and ears of this vast area!

“Bowker MINI staff and customers made a huge difference by collecting litter and plastic in Penwortham. It was the perfect blend of the great outdoors and meeting like-minded people – not forgetting gaining experience and learning new skills.

“The event we created for Bowker MINI represented a small but important part of the work. There is always a lot to do with over 3,114 miles of rivers and streams in the catchment.”

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The Bowker MINI volunteering pledge forms part of a national initiative launched by MINI UK called Big Love. MINI retailers nationally have submitted a unique Big Love pledge. Each is an ongoing commitment to each retailer’s local community.

This promise encourages centres to build partnerships with local organisations, like Ribble Rivers Trust, to deliver help and support.

Ribble Rivers Trust is a local charity working to improve, protect and promote the River Ribble for both people and wildlife. Based in Clitheroe, the trust works with public and private organisations to deliver river improvements.

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Projects can take place across the Ribble catchment to benefit local people and the environment.

For more information, visit – ribbletrust.org.uk/volunteer/

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