Old River Irwell Gets “Bags Of Help”

Fantastic news – The Old River Irwell Restoration Project has been awarded £10,000 from the Tesco 5p carrier bags  “Bags Of Help” scheme. Thanks to everyone who voted for our project.

tesco bags of helpWe plan to use this grant money to re-build the disabled pegs behind the Boathouse Inn, to create a new public bird feeding area at the top end of the lake, and also to re-build 10 pegs and create new steps down to them.

Work should commence at the beginning of May 2016 and last a month.

In addition to this fantastic grant from Tesco to rebuild some of the fishing pegs, we have also recently been awarded a grant to £2226 from the Hamilton Davies Trust in Irlam – with this money being used to purchase 300 10 inch tench. This is part of our ongoing restocking program that commenced when re-took over the lease on this lake in 2012 after the devastating pollution incident in 2008.

And the good news doesn’t end there. We have also been successful in a bid to the Salford Councils Recycle and Reward Scheme – being granted £1,000 to re-furbish the 13 floating Islands we installed in 2013 on the Old River..

As you can imagine – we are thrilled to bits that grant giving organisations are recognising the hundreds of hours of volunteer work our members have already completed on this venue.

With new fishing pegs, new floating islands and an ongoing restocking program – things are looking up for the Old River in Irlam – a venue that Salford Friendly Anglers first stocked in 1897 to celebrate Queen Victorias Diamond Jubilee.

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