A West Yorkshire community angling club is all set for the new fishing season thanks to a four-figure grant from a renewable energy firm.
Parlington Angling Club has used a £1,500 grant awarded from Banks Renewables’ Hook Moor Wind Farm Community Fund to carry out essential repairs to the smaller of the two ponds that it uses on the Parlington Estate near Aberford, to the east of Leeds.
A leak that had developed in the fabric of the smaller pond has been repaired, ensuring that it retains the depth of water required by both fish and anglers, while the two lakes have also been restocked with around 200 new fish in time for the opening of the new angling season at the start of May.
New breeding stocks of tench and perch have been introduced to complement the other species that already inhabit the ponds, which include carp, roach and rudd.
Founded in 1995, Parlington Angling Club has around 60 members who are all based within a five-mile radius of its two ponds, with different generations of the same family regularly fishing together.
Further work is now ongoing to improve access to the two ponds for younger anglers and people with mobility issues, while maintenance is carried out on a regular basis to ensure the local environment remains in the best possible condition.
Terry Beaumont, treasurer and membership secretary at Parlington Angling Club, says: “Fishing is a pastime that is available to anyone aged from eight to 80 and beyond, and we have a number of families with different generations coming along to spend time together by the water.