The trust has had some input into the Ripon MOP scheme. Following a national selection procedure, the Laver and Skell catchments, west of Ripon, North Yorkshire, were chosen for a national multi-objective pilot project.

Together these constituted a reasonable size catchment area (approximately 140 sq km) with mainly arable agriculture in the lower reaches, pasture in the middle and heather moor in the headwaters.

The aim of the project was to investigate the potential for delivering flood risk management through land use and land management changes at a catchment scale while also pursuing resource protection, biodiversity and access opportunities.