HOOKED ON FISH­ING: Fun day on the wa­ter for fam­i­lies

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

AROUND 2,000 vis­i­tors have been hooked by fam­ily fish­ing days on lo­cal lakes.

The Hilling­don Coun­cil-run events pulled big crowds to Lit­tle Bri­tain Lake and the River Colne in Cow­ley for the eighth year run­ning, on the Sun­days of July 24 and Au­gust 7.

The free events at­tracted around 2,000 vis­i­tors, with peo­ple of all ages and from all cor­ners of the bor­ough tak­ing to the shores of the lake to give fish­ing a go.

Forty an­gling vol­un­teers ran in­tro­duc­tory fish­ing ses­sions, shar­ing tips and ad­vice and en­cour­ag­ing fam­i­lies and bud­ding new an­glers to try it out as a hobby. The En­vi­ron­ment Agency and An­gling Trust held river dip­ping ses­sions which were a favourite with the chil­dren, who de­lighted in the wrig­gly creepy crawlies.

They kicked off their shoes, waded into the wa­ter and learned all about the habi­tats of the ‘minibeasts’ they found there.

Carp, tench and perch fea­tured among the fish that were caught, with equip­ment and mag­gots sup­plied by the coun­cil.

The big­gest weighed in at 2.4 kg. All of the fish caught dur­ing the two days were re­leased back into the river and lake.

The fish­ing was com­ple­mented by a craft tent, food stalls, wildlife talks, face paint­ing, a bouncy cas­tle and bird box mak­ing, 40 of which were built and taken home.

Cllr Ray Pud­di­foot, Leader of Hilling­don Coun­cil, joined fish­er­men, women and chil­dren on the river bank and awarded first prizes to ‘Catch of the Day’ win­ners, Medha Nalla, seven, and Louise Hold­ing, 10.

Cllr Pud­di­foot said: “It’s lovely to see dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions of many fam­i­lies out­side en­joy­ing the sun­shine and learn­ing how to fish.

“The coun­cil is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing award win­ning green spa­ces, and op­por­tu­ni­ties, events and ac­tiv­i­ties that en­cour­age all of our res­i­dents to take time out and en­joy the wealth of na­ture and wildlife avail­able in the bor­ough.”

Pho­tos by Toby Van de Velde

n CAST­ING OFF: Fam­i­lies en­joy a day out catch­ing fish

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