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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Grants - Countryside Management


To promote and encourage land management for landscape, nature conservation and access management, grants are available from a number of sources including:

  • Ribble Valley Borough Council
  • The Countryside Commission
  • Forest of Bowland Management Service
  • Forestry Authority

There are a wide range designed to conserve, enhance and protect those elements of the countryside considered to be important.
In the Ribble Valley it is important to conserve, enhance and protect:

  • Woodland - protection and management of woodland areas protected by tree preservation orders (e.g. Whalley Nab);
  • Trees - Tree Surgery/Pruning - to prolong the life of prominent landscape trees (e.g. Billington Memorial Oak);
  • Tree Planting - in field corners, hedgerows and in riverside landscapes;
  • Field Boundaries - maintenance of hedgerows, stone walls and historical parish boundaries;
  • Ponds/Wetland areas - riverside landscapes or flood plains to stabilise banks and reduce erosion;
  • Footpaths/Bridleways - maintenance of ancient routes, repairs to styles, kissing gates and long distance routes (e.g. the Ribble Way);
  • Historical Features - prominent landscape trees, hedgerows and woodlands.

The nature and extent of a proposed scheme will determine the appropriate grant source to be provided.