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United Utilities steps in to help River Ribble work
1:45pm Friday 22nd March 2013 in News
THE banks of the River Ribble are to get a boost thanks to a donation from United Utilities.
The water company has provided 100 root plates — the sawn-off root balls from fallen trees — to the Ribble River Trust which will use them to stabilise 450metres of the riverbank while improving habitats.
The donation was secured by former United Utilities employee Sarah Bolton who now works as an Agricultural Projects Officer for the trust.
Ian Walker, United Utilities woodland officer at Rivington, said: “Sarah knew we had forests on our site and she had been struggling to get timber. We were happy to step in and help.”
The plates are made up from the root ball of the tree and a section of timber that is inserted into the riverbank at an angle and used to prevent erosion by deflecting and absorbing the stream’s erosive force.
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