Cliviger Fishponds returned to former glory

A popular fishing pond has been returned to its former glory thanks to tireless volunteers and a generous grant.
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Cliviger Fishponds had suffered from heavy siltation on the site with the silt trap and pegs in disrepair to say the least.

But thanks to a grant of £10,000 from the Lancashire Environmental Fund volunteers from the Todmorden Angling Society were able to return it to its former glory.

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Unfortunately as the society wasn't able to secure other funding for the site its committee voted to use existing club funds to pick up the shortfall and carry out the works.

One of the restored Cliviger fishpondsOne of the restored Cliviger fishponds
One of the restored Cliviger fishponds

Society secretary Nick Noble said: "I can announce that the work is now completed at the site and we can inform you that we have removed 280 tonnes of silt from the pond, reinstated the original silt trap, used 120 tonnes of reclaimed stone to strengthen and improve bank access and replaced all of the old pegs with new scaffold frames and recycled plastic stages.

"This work would not have been possible without the grant from Lancashire Environmental Fund and its with their help that we have renovated Cliviger Fishponds to its former glory and guaranteed its future for many years to come.

"As part of the agreement we will offer free of charge fishing on the ponds every Friday in July 2021 and we will have coaches and experienced anglers on site to offer guidance to anyone that would like it.