The Green Heart of Poringland


Lakes in The Link

Poringland Lakes are featured prominently in the latest edition of South Norfolk Council’s community magazine, ‘The Link’.

The full page article, together with two coloured photographs, outlines the lakes’ history and explains how a £3,404 grant from South Norfolk Council’s Community Action Fund will enable the Association to have its own dedicated electricity supply and aeration system.

South Norfolk chairman John Overton was full of praise for the conservation volunteers.

“The volunteers involved in developing the site are a huge inspiration” said John.  “It’s a unique place as the anglers help manage the site as well as fish here.  By doing so, they are providing an oasis for wildlife and an open classroom for anyone interested in nature conservation” he added.

The full article is reproduced below.



Lakes Feature in National Report

Poringland Lakes have been featured in a national report.

The Angling Trust’s annual report, published earlier today, has highlighted Poringland as an exempler for encouraging youngsters to take up the sport.

Headlining the lakes’ hugely successful participation programme, the report states

“Poringland Lakes in Norfolk is a shining example of how clubs and fisheries can introduce more people to angling.”

The article goes on to praise the association’s participation programme, citing that the lakes attracted 159 new anglers last year, 121 of whom were under-13.  Even more pleasing is that fact that 37 were women or girls, representing nearly 25% of new anglers.

The report also highlights the success of the Kingfisher club and the active coaching programme, especially for those affected by mental health issue or disabilities.

Association chairman John Overton said “It’s wonderful that Poringland should gain this national recognition.  It’s a testament to everyone’s hard work and commitment, especially those volunteers who support and run the Family Fishing Days and the Kingfisher club.”

Green Light for Electricity Project

The lakes’ ambitious electricity and aeration project has been given the green light.

Following a three-way meeting between Norfolk Homes, UK Power Network and the trustees, project manager Paul Bonham confirmed that the Association has now signed an agreement with UKPN for the work to proceed.

Much of the work previously proposed to be carried out by UKPN on a fee earning basis will now be done by Norfolk Homes free of charge, so bringing the overall costs back within budget.

Under the new arrangements, the main supply will come from Potters Way as opposed to Hillside as was originally intended.  The project may be delayed until the new year when it is expected Norfolk Homes will install utilities in Potters Way.  However everything should be up and running by the spring and early summer when depleted oxygen levels in the lakes are at their highest.

It is hoped that the on-site trenching and connections to the container will be completed before Christmas.  The work will be carried out by local contractor  Mick Waller and Sons. 

Major Project Back on Course 

Fears that the most ambitious project in the lakes’ history will have to be abandoned because of rising costs have been allayed. 

The electricity and aeration project had been put in jeopardy after costs for connecting to the main supply escalated from £4,000 to £15,000. 

Following discussions with Norfolk Homes and UK Power Networks, it has been agreed in principle to connect into the main in Potters Way rather than the more costly option of servicing the supply from Hillside. 

Project manager Paul Bonham was delighted with the news. 

“We can’t thank Norfolk Homes enough for their help and co-operation.  The cost of connecting with Potters Way means that costs will be significantly reduced, so the vital electricity and aeration project is now firmly back on track” he said. 

The project team is now reworking the costs and timescale.  A further announcement is expected shortly. 

Signs Honour Lakes’ Founders

Poringland Lakes has taken delivery of three bespoke signs to mark the outstanding commitment of three founding members.

Named after Dave Gudgeon, Ray Noble and the late Glenn Duffield, the signs were made and presented by season ticket holder Colin Dade who also donated the ‘Poringland Lakes’ sign now prominently displayed at the car park entrance.

Made from solid oak in a rustic design, the new signs will shortly be positioned beside the corresponding lakes.


Photo: Colin Dade (centre) presents the new signs to lakes' founders Ray Noble and Dave Gudgeon. 

Website More Popular Than Ever 

Poringland Lakes website is more popular than ever.

Figures for September show that the site attracted 3,540 visits, making it the busiest month since the site was launched in May 2014.  In effect, more than one hundred visitors click on the site daily, all from individual ISPs.

Thank you everyone for your continued support.

Signing On 

Eagle-eyed visitors will have noticed a new sign as they enter the car park. 

Constructed from solid oak, the sign has been made and donated by season ticket holder Colin Dade. 

Colin, whose work is much sought after, is now in the throes of making three additional signs, one for each of the three fishing lakes, Duffield, Gudgeon and Noble, again at no cost to the Association. 

“The new sign looks great” said lakes chairman John Overton.  “We are very grateful to Colin for doing them.” 

Electric Shock as Costs Quadruple 

The lakes’ electricity project has suffered a major setback.  The cost of installing a dedicated supply has quadrupled. 

Explaining the shock announcement, project manager Paul Bonham said "Originally UK Power Networks quoted us £4,000 to do the work but have since revised that and now estimate the cost will be nearer £15,000 which is almost a four-fold increase.

"It appears UKPN did not include enough trenching or cabling costs in their original quote.

“Unfortunately the cost doesn’t end there.  UKPN will only provide a supply to the site boundary.  We will be responsible for all the on-site works including a new kiosk, armoured cabling between the container and the lakes and a new junction box.  

"We’ll  also need to engage an electrical engineer to complete and certify the works.  This is all on top of the £1,000 we have already spent installing the electrical infrastructure in the container” he added. 

The trustees held an emergency meeting earlier this week to discuss the shock news.  Despite rising costs, now estimated to be something in the region of £18,000, the trustees have not abandoned the project.

“We still see an electricity supply as one of our top priorities” said Paul Bonham.  “So will be exploring ways of reducing the cost and, at the same time, looking how we can raise the money.” 

Parish Council to Safeguard Lakes’ Future 

Poringland Lakes could be designated as a Local Green Space under the Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan.  Local Green Space designation is a way to provide special protection against development for green areas of particular importance to local communities. 

A draft policy report to the Parish Council meeting earlier in the week, proposed that the lakes, together with Carr Lane community woodland, village playing field and war memorial, be protected from housing development. 

The report concluded that:

“It will be important to ensure the provision of public open space as part of development, and protect sites, as designated Local Green Spaces, that are demonstrably important to the local community and are local in nature. This principle received very strong support in consultations, perhaps complementing a concern that the rural nature of the village is being eroded.”

The trustees will consider the matter at its next meeting when it expected the Board will endorse the Parish Council’s proposals. 

Otter Warning 

Bailiffs at Poringland Lakes have been alerted to a worrying incident that occurred in the early hours of this morning (Friday 13 July). 

At one o’clock in the morning, a local resident who lives close to the Royal Oak pub, was disturbed by a commotion in his garden.  On getting up to investigate, he discovered two fully grown otters and a  pup rampaging in his koi carp pond. 

Several fish were taken before he managed to shoo the otters away.  The site is only a few hundred yards from Poringland Lakes. 

Otters are a protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.  It is against the law to capture, kill, disturb or injure otters.Killing an otter is punishable by a £5,000 fine or six months in prison. 

Fishery manager Mick Morley was very concerned to hear the news. 

“It’s a fine balance between otter conservation and protecting our valuable fish stocks” he said.  “The only way to do this is by fencing the lakes which would be extremely expensive and detract from the natural appearance of the site” he added.              

Meanwhile officials are keeping their fingers crossed that otters do not visit the lakes but given the close location to the latest incident, some people think an otter attack is almost inevitable. 

New Aerator Making a Splash

Poringland Lakes have taken delivery of a portable aerator.  It marks the first step in an ambitious project to provide an independent electricity source and aeration system. 

“It could not come at a better time with hot weather causing oxygen levels to drop” said project team leader Paul Bonham. 

“In recent days dissolved oxygen has crashed to critical levels in all three lakes, so the new equipment is timely to say the least” he added.

The project has been jointly funded by the Association with grant support from South Norfolk Council and the Angling Trust. 

Norfolk Homes Guarantee Website 

Poringland Lakes’ website has been guaranteed for another year after long-term sponsors, Norfolk Homes, offered to extend their backing for a further twelve mionths. 

The Sheringham-based building contractors have backed the website since it was launched back in May 2014.  Since then it has attracted over 123,000 visits.  It regularly attracts over three thousand hits a month, indeed June 2018 could be a record breaking month.      

Visits this month have soared dramatically following John Bailey’s EDP report extolling the virtues of the lakes. 

Police and Bailiffs Step Up Patrols

Police and bailiffs patrols have been stepped up at Poringland Lakes following incidents of vandalism and unsocial behaviour.

Overnight two young trees were snapped off and used as a battering ram in an effort to wreck the breather tube in Noble lake.  The event follows recent incidents when tree boughs have been thrown into the lakes.

Volunteers faced the difficult task of reinstating the cap.  Using the lakes boat, they also took the opportunity to remove some of the reeds threatening to overgrow the swims in Gudgeon.

Descriptions of two suspects seen at the lakes that evening have been passed to the police and it is hoped arrests and prosecutions will soon follow.

Newspaper Boost

Volunteers, friends and everyone connected with Poringland Lakes have been thrilled to see an article that appeared in the Eastern Daily Press earlier this week.

After visiting a Family Fishing Fun Day, renowned angler, author, journalist and broadcaster John Bailey wrote a wonderful article under the banner heading 'Poringand Lakes can act as an inspiration to our society'.

“This is a superb article” said lakes chairman John Overton “one which will give everyone connected with the lakes a real boost.  Our thanks to John for his continued support and encouragement”

Below is an extract from the EDP website.

John Bailey: Poringland Lakes can act as inspiration to our society


John Bailey enjoys his day at Poringland Lakes. Picture: John Bailey

I mentioned last week that I was preparing to set off to a Family Fishing day at Poringland Lakes.

It amazed me to think that it had been three years since my last visit. Even then the area, studded with water, was something of a haven, an emerging paradise. Three years down the line, it was gob smacking to see just exactly what nature and man in tandem have achieved there. It’s hard to know where to begin to describe the transformation.

The site is only five acres but it seems much larger now that it has matured. There are ponds, wetlands, wildflowers, wooded areas and glimpses of beauty, here, there and everywhere. Of course, the lakes are enjoyed by anglers young and old but the site is also a sanctuary for the residents of Poringland and those that live round about. The website talks about this natural jewel being an oasis, a secret Eden, if you like. I know if I lived closer, I would simply haunt the place.

Rod Witham was his usual generous self and showed me round before the children began to fish, ably instructed and helped along by all the volunteers.

There is building absolutely everywhere in the area and houses, shortly, will press against the very boundaries of the site. In short, over the decades to come, this green area will become more vital for children, families, wildlife and those who appreciate it. It’s an extraordinary vision and one that should inspire every one of Norfolk’s expanding towns and villages. We need houses for shelter and supermarkets for food but, equally, we also need those quiet areas where we can breathe and regain touch with our essential humanity.

I don’t know how many children, parents, volunteers and instructors there were around the waterside last Wednesday but it seemed like a cast of thousands so great the energy and enthusiasm given off. Those that think angling is a snooze should have witnessed the scene and sensed the bubbling anticipation and excitement. The fishing did not disappoint. Floats bobbed, dipped and disappeared all round the lake from the very off. Rods were bending, reels were screaming and kids were laughing and shouting. There were dramas and disappointments, tears and triumphs.

At one stage, I looked round and it was hard to decipher who was enjoying the occasion more, the kids or the adults! That, surely, is how things should be. Fishing is a passion for both sexes, for all ages.

As an aside, I was interested in the carp being caught. To me, they looked like lean, pewter grey commons of the old wildie type that once proliferated here in Norfolk. I’m not exactly sure the heritage of these Poringland fish but it could be that the wildie strain has found a sanctuary here. Also, tucked in an idyllic part of the site was a smaller lake, recently constructed, home to several score newly stocked crucian carp. I’ve mentioned the Norfolk Crucian Project before and it seems that Dr Carl Sayer has been busy here at Poringland. Wildies and crucians in adjoining ponds? How good can life get?

For legal reasons, I suppose, the children were assembled before the fishing began to listen to a long talk about health and safety. That’s the world we live in now, I know, but it saddened me to realise that children today have lost perhaps the most essential element that people of older generations enjoyed. Freedom. Ask anyone over the age of 40 about their memories of summer holidays and freedom will figure large. Freedom to roam dawn till dusk. Freedom to cycle for miles with gangs of friends. Freedom to fish, play cricket, footie, to climb trees. Freedom to learn, to face challenges, to express yourself. I looked at these excited, enthralled kids and realised despite all their material benefits, their own personal right to roam has over the last 20 years or so been completely restricted. It made me sad, it made me realise that what we adults had, these kids will never enjoy.

But that’s the world we inhabit and the Poringland initiative is the very, absolute bests that children today can expect. Days like this give children the chance to savour what the natural world is truly about, in reality, not watched on a screen. Everyone involved with this Poringland initiative should be truly, deeply proud of what they are doing.

And never think girls don’t like fishing as much as boys. A couple of weeks back I took 10-year-old Heidi Gallant with me to catch her personal best tench. She and father Matt, sat side by side, hour upon hour. She was there from eight in the morning until five in the evening, her eyes never straying from her float. She had one bite, one tench approaching six pounds in weight and sighed deeply when it was time to leave. I’ve seen tens of thousands of anglers in the course of my life but never a truer one than little Heidi. 

Maintenance Work Continues

With temperatures nudging the mid twenties, a small but resolute band of volunteers tackled the challenge of tidying up the lakes ahead of a visit from the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

The branches from the felled trees in Duffield were transported to the bonfire site ready for burning, the 'rogue' saplings growing around the lakes edges were removed, lifebuoy housings cleaned and potholes car park access track was filled.

Site manager Ryan Westgarth was pleased with progress.

"Although we had a small turn out, all the lads knuckled down and we got a lot done” he said.  “My thanks to Andy, Jonny, Mick and Nick for all their efforts on a blistering hot day" he added. 

Blue Water – No Cause for Concern

Visitors to Poringland Lakes will notice a dramatic change in the water colour. 

In an effort to control the spread of Canadian pondweed, the three main lakes have been treated with a special dye which turns the water blue but eventually retards weed growth. 

Applying the bright blue dye earlier today, fishery manager Ryan Westgarth was keen to point out that the dye will not affect the fish or established plants like water lilies or bankside reed or rush. 

It will however prevent the sun from penetrating weed growing on the bottom of the lakes and so significantly reduce Canadian pondweed which threatens to over-run the lakes, especially in Noble. 

The treatment was recommended by fishery consultants Framlingham Fisheries who have a long association with the lakes and are familiar with the waters’ characteristics. 

Chris Vickers, who heads the consultancy division, has 20 years experience in aquatic management and has been a regular visitor to Poringland, added his reassurance. 

“We have extensive experience in the use of water dyes for the control of aquatic weed and algae. This new water treatment can be both effective and environmentally friendly. 

“While aquatic weed has many beneficial attributes, there are times when you have too much of a certain species which, if not addressed, chokes the entire water body which is the problem at Poringland. 

In recent weeks, bailiffs have been concerned about low oxygen levels, especially in Gudgeon.  As a result the trustees have applied to the Angling Trust for a £5,000 grant towards the installation of a permanent electricity supply and aeration.

Big Clear Up Begins

Volunteers are busy clearing the site after this week's gale force winds ripped out trees and brought down branches. 

"Thankfully there was no damage to the more established trees" said head bailiff Ray Noble. "but once again several of the shallow rooted birches in the copse were badly affected." 

Plans are already in place to replace some of the lost trees. 

"I would like to see a few native pines planted to give the site some all year greenery and bird cover" said leading conservationist Peter Aspinall. 

Top Official Praises Lakes 

One of the region’s top angling officials has praised Poringland Lakes for its efforts in promoting the sport to youngsters. 

Writing on the lakes’ sister Facebook page, co-chairman of the Broads Angling Strategy Group, Mark Casto, posted the following comment 

“This is a heartfelt and very public thank you to all the folks that manage Poringland Lakes. 

“This year has been brilliant seeing so many youngsters take up fishing for the first time and families coming along to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. It’s people like you that really care about the local community that makes such a difference.          

“So thank you for all your hard work and wishing you all the very best for 2018.” 

In 2017 the Association attracted 159 new anglers to the sport including 121 under-13s.  Equally pleasing is the fact that 37 of the newcomers were women or girls.

Website Celebrates 100,000 Visits 

Poringland Lakes’ website is celebrating a memorable and truly remarkable milestone – 100,000 visits. 

Eagle-eyed readers will have noticed that the counter at the foot of the home page has clicked over the magical six figure mark, with more friends and supporters than ever regularly clicking on www.poringlandlakes.co.uk. 

Although much of the credit must go to the hard working editorial team, the support of Norfolk Homes has been crucial to the site’s continued development.  The company has fully funded the site since it was launched in May 2014, saving the Association hundreds of pounds in running costs. 

“The website is key to virtually everything we do at the lakes” said president Dave Gudgeon.  “So we are indebted to Norfolk Homes for their continued encouragement and support” he added. 

When it was launched, organisers hoped for a few hundred visits each month but now it regularly attracts well over 3,000 visits a month, far exceeding expectations. 

Electricity Supply Gets Green Light 

Poringland Lakes will soon have its own dedicated power supply. 

Trustees gave the go ahead to the ambitious project to further enhance and improve the lakes facilities. 

For some time, emergency power has been provided by a friendly neighbour but now the lakes will have its own metered supply. 

The programme will involve UK Power Networks installing a 79 metre mains cable, at a cost of £4,000, from a junction in Hillside to a point next to the welcome sign at the lakes entrance.  The PCFLA will provide a kiosk at this point to accommodate the supply, dig a 450mm deep trench to the storage container and supply a meter cabinet. 

The total project is expected to cost in the region of £6,000. 

“While we have been very appreciative of the temporary supply and support of our neighbours, it is important we now have our own dedicated supply” explained head bailiff Noble, who joins Paul Bonham and Mick Waller as part of a three-man project team overseeing the operation. 

“Not only will it make our security systems even more robust but it will allow us to do much more on-site work including running the pumps and charging equipment.  Eventually it would enable us to fit aeration equipment, CCTV and the like – as well as making the occasional cuppa” smiled Ray. 

“Local contractor Mick Waller Pumps has already offered to help out by supplying equipment and doing some of the groundworks, so that should help to keep the costs down” explained Ray. 

The implementation programme, including dates, will be announced shortly. 

Maintenance Work Continues 

For the past month, volunteers have given up their Sunday mornings to carry out essential maintenance works at Poringland Lakes.

The ambitious programme includes installing new fishing pegs, restoring the dipping platform in the conservation pond, clearing troublesome Canadian pondweed and general housekeeping. 

“I’d like to thank everyone who have helped out” said lakes’ head bailiff Ray Noble.  “We have made good progress but there is still a fair bit to do including installing a few more fishing pegs and controlling Canadian pond weed.”

Now the race is on the complete the fishing pegs ahead of the 31 August deadline set by the Angling Trust who have funded the work and plan to inspect it shortly after.

Volunteers Brave Soaring Temperatures

The hottest day of the year didn't prevent a small but hardy band of volunteers from constructing two new fishing pegs on Noble lake. 

With temperatures nudging 30 degrees, the volunteers certainly worked up a sweat as they continued the programme of improving access and safety, an initiative funded by the Angling Trust. 

Plans to install two dipping platforms in the newly restored conservation pond suffered a setback when it was realised the ground was still saturated and unable to support the weight if the platforms. 

"We'll have to rethink our plans" said head bailiff Ray Noble. "We’ll still go ahead with the work but will need to strengthen the foundation in order to securely support the platform" he explained. 

Meanwhile, further progress was made de-weeding the lake and installing owl and bat boxes in the woodland glade. 

"We'll need to organise some more work parties to finish the job" said Ray. “Hopefully on a less warm day!" 

Police Apprehend Suspected Vandals 

Trustees of the lakes are hoping that a recent spell of vandalism will now end after police intercepted a group of lads leaving the site in the early hours of the morning. 

Police stopped five young men at 1.30am, one of whom was carrying a lakes' lifebuoy. 

The site has suffered a spate of vandalism and theft recently including life belts stolen or thrown into the lakes together with building materials and log seats upended and moved. Neighbouring residential property has also been damaged. There are also signs that drug taking has taken place. 

The police and lakes' bailiffs will be increasing their patrols of the area.          

Although open to the public, the lakes are privately owned by PCFLA. Anyone found at the lakes after dark will be cautioned and may have civil action taken against them. 

Cars Banned from Conservation Area 

The trustees have unanimously agreed to prohibit cars from parking in the conservation area with immediate effect. 

In a statement issued recently, the association explained the reasons behind their decision. 

“We realise that this will come as a disappointment to some season ticket holders, especially those who have parked inside the gate for many years.  However we need to protect the conservation area, maximise the use of the car park and to treat all members equitably. 

“Now that we have potentially 76 season ticket holders, it is no longer appropriate or viable for everyone to be allowed to park inside the gate.  We trust season ticket holders will understand the reasons behind this decision and continue to support the Association’s principles.” 

Outfall Completed

Contractors have completed the long awaited outfall from Mill Close development. 

Alan Wright Builders put the final touches to the installation earlier today.  The outfall will now provide the lakes with a sustainable water source for many years to come. 

The lakes management committee signed a Deed of Easement with previous owners Mirador Developments back in 2013.  At that time the lakes were perilously short of water, so the outfall, which takes clean water from the neighbouring roofs, was seen as a permanent solution to the water problem. 

Health Walkers Visit

A group of health walkers took advantage of the spring-like weather to pay a visit to the lakes earlier today. 

Health walks are promoted by local doctor’s surgeries, in this case Mill Road Surgery, to improve adult’s mental and physical well-being health, so reducing the risk of developing serious illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. 

Although living locally, many of the group of a dozen or so, were not aware of the lakes and commented on its peaceful tranquillity. 

So popular was the visit that it will now form a regular destination for Walking for Health groups. 

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Big Clear Up Begins

The big clear up after Storm Doris has begun. 

With winds gusting over 60 mph, the conservation area took the brunt of the storm.    A dozen shallow rooted trees in the copse toppled over while the holly tree on the Mount also had to be cut back as it was blocking the path. 

Volunteers also took the opportunity to remove or trim some of the willows and sallows before removing the brash to the bonfire site. 

“It could have been worse” said trustee Ryan Westgarth.  “Thankfully none of the established trees were affected and the newly planted whips withstood the wind remarkably well.” 

The trustees will now be discussing with Poringland tree warden Henry Gowman about the possibility of replanting the area. 

Trees Stolen

A dozen or so young trees recently planted at the lakes have been uprooted and stolen.  

Wardens reported that the entire hedge along the lower mount section had been removed.  The incident has been reported to the local police who have promised to increase their visits especially during the hours of darkness.

In the meantime tree warden Peter Aspinall has offered to replace the trees with a small reserve stock he holds.

“The increased police patrols are very welcome” said Peter.  “If the police can’t trace the tree thieves, we may have to bring in Special Branch!”

If anyone has any information about the thefts, please contact Norfolk Police by telephoning 101 and quoting crime number 36/14047/17.

Influential Strategy Group Praises Lakes

Poringland Lakes came in for special praise at last night’s meeting of the influential Broads Angling Strategy Group (BASG) meeting at the Oakland Hotel.

Formed in May 2000, the BASG is a group of local anglers with a wide range of experience, who all share a special passion for fishing on the Broads.  BASG members volunteer their time and effort to work in partnership with the Environment Agency and the Broads Authority to help maintain, improve and develop angling within the Broads and safeguard fishing for the future.

One of the group’s principal objectives is to encourage newcomers to the sport and support young anglers.

BASG vice chairman Mark Casto explained the “outstanding recruitment initiative” going on at Poringland and praised volunteers for their commitment in recruiting and encouraging young anglers.

During the past six months, the community based lake has introduced over 60 local youngsters to the sport.  For more information about the excellent work being carried out by the BASG, visit www.basgonline.org

Lakes Singled Out in National Report  

Poringland Lakes has been singled out in an important and widely circulated report.  

Launching its annual report earlier today, the Angling Trust featured the work Poringland Lakes have been doing in recent months recruiting youngsters to the sport.  

Written by Angling Trust’s Head of Participation, Clive Copeland, the report states  “The ‘Let’s Go Family Fishing’ events at Poringland Lakes were well attended by many families.  All the sessions were fully booked and went down extremely well with the local community.

"The Angling Trust would like to thank all the organisers, coaches and volunteers at the fishery” the report concluded.  

The report also featured two photographs from Poringland Lakes.

 Association chairman John Overton was delighted with the news.

“Our team of volunteers have put in a tremendous amount of time and effort in running the Family Fishing Days, so it is great to see their hard work has been so publicly acknowledged by the sport’s governing body, The Angling Trust” said John. 

Lakes Hit the Headlines  

Poringland Lakes’s Family Fishing Fun Days have been highlighted in today’s Angling Times.  

Featured in the Angling Trust column under the headline ‘Norfolk Event Pulls in the Crowds’, the article heralds the success of the Family Fishing Days and praises the work of our tremendous band of helpers.  The copy is supplemented by a group photo.  

The 16th August edition of Angling Times is available from all good newsagents, price £1.99.  

Work Starts on Platforms

Work has started on building three fishing platforms in the Ray Noble lake.  

Until now, the trustees have stoutly discouraged the construction of platforms on the basis that it would spoil the natural aesthetic look of the lakes’ aprons.  

However sections of the smallest lake are virtually inaccessible to anglers because of the relatively steep banking, so the management team have agreed that three stations can be built.  

“Not only will it allow anglers to fish all round the lake but it will make things a lot safer” explained maintenance officer Ryan Westgarth.  

The platforms are constructed from surplus material from the neighbouring Mill Close development.  Redundant railway sleepers which formed part of the perimeter boundary have been cut to size and infilled with sandbags and top soil.  

The project is expected to be completed later this month.  

Website Celebrates 50,000 Visitors

Poringland Lakes website continues to attract more visitors than ever. 

Since the site was launched in May 2014 in conjunction with our principal partners Norfolk Homes, over 50,000 visits (52,077 at today’s count) have been made as scores of people log in every day to the website.  

“The website has proved an enormous success” said Association chairman John Overton.  

“The combination of conservation and fishing together with regular updates, has proved a winning formula.  Our thanks go to Norfolk Homes who have sponsored the website since day one.  Without their support and encouragement the website would simply not exist” added John. 

Memorial Bench Unveiled

A new memorial bench has been unveiled at Poringland Lakes.

Provided by the Norse Group with monies from the Landfill Communities Fund, the all-weather bench has been sited adjacent to the Glenn Duffield memorial lake.

Fittingly the first person to sit on the bench was Glenn’s sister Lynn who kindly provided a memorial plaque in Glenn’s memory.  The bench also features similar memorials to John Tooke and Steve Wakefield.  

The bench was installed by local contractors Morley Builders.  

A second bench, also compliments of the Norse Group, will be added soon, this time on the apron of the Dave Gudgeon lake. 

New Interpretation Board Installed

A new site information board has been installed at Poringland Lakes.

Funded by a grant from the Norse Group through the Landfill Communities Fund, the board charts the history of the site from the 1890s through to the present day.  It explains what can be seen throughout the year with a special section devoted to each of the four seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter.

"The interpretation board is a great addition to the site" said lakes' president Dave Gudgeon. "Now the casual visitor, which we are seeing in ever increasing numbers, can learn more about the site and the wonderful variety of wildlife living there" he added.

The board was designed and manufactured by market leaders Fitzpatrick Woolmer Design & Publishing of Kent.  Fittingly it is made from 100% recycled UK waste, is finished in authentic wood grain effect plastic, requires no maintenance and is completely rot proof.

The photographic content was supplied by leading Norfolk wildlife photographer Liz Dack.  Resident warden Peter Aspinall advised on the content.

New Logo Unveiled

Poringland Lakes has unveiled its new logo. 

Designed by well known local angler and professional graphic illustrator Henry Marshall-Nicholls, the artwork cleverly combines the lakes’ conservation and fishing ethos. 

The importance of community is reflected in the family group while the wildlife element is portrayed by the squirrel and rabbit in the foreground.  The silhouetted panorama is surmounted by an over-arching tree. 

“The new image is really striking” said lakes’ president Dave Gudgeon.  “It truly encapsulates what the lakes are all about – flora, fauna, families and fishing.  We’re really grateful to Henry for doing it.”