Awards for kind anglers

British Waterways waterway manager Sean McGinley presenting the award to representatives of Nottingham Angling Association, Long Eaton Victoria and Long Eaton Federation angling clubs
British Waterways waterway manager Sean McGinley presenting the award to representatives of Nottingham Angling Association, Long Eaton Victoria and Long Eaton Federation angling clubs
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MEMBERS of three angling clubs who helped clear the Erewash Canal of weeds are celebrating after winning a volunteering award

Long Eaton Federation, Long Eaton Victoria and Nottingham Angling Association clubs worked together to clear weeds from the water around fishing pegs to enable the Angling Trust Division Two championship to take place.

British Waterways is recognising groups of volunteers whose work has helped inland waterways.

East Midlands waterway manager Sean Mcginley said: “There are a great number of passionate and enthusiastic people volunteering on the waterways and they make a massive contribution.”

A number of East Midlands angling clubs are celebrating after jointly netting a regional award for volunteering.

British Waterways (BW) is celebrating the importance of volunteers to the nation’s historic canals and rivers by recognising a number of partner groups whose work has dramatically benefited the waterways over the past 12 months.

The East Midlands award is being jointly shared by four angling clubs whose work on two specific projects has made a significant contribution to the region over the past 2 months.

Ripley & District Angling Association have been recognised for working tirelessly to remove invasive Canadian Pondweed at Butterley Reservoir which, if left unchecked, could have posed serious problems for the reservoir’s fish population.

The second winning project involved members of three different angling clubs on the Erewash Canal who worked together to remove weeds to allow a national angling competition to take place on the canal. Members of Nottingham Angling Association, Long Eaton Federation and Long Eaton Victoria angling clubs worked together to clear weeds from the water around fishing pegs to enable the Angling Trust Division 2 National Championship to take place.

With the waterways in England and Wales set to become a charitable trust in 2012, volunteers and community groups will play an increasing role in looking after their local canal or river. The awards acknowledge the achievements of just a few of these successful partnerships and are one of the ways BW celebrates its volunteers.

Sean McGinley said; “We’ve had some fantastic volunteer efforts taking place in the East Midlands over the course of the last 12 months but these two projects really stood out. Together the clubs involved in these projects have made a huge contribution to angling in the region and they richly deserve this recognition.

“There are a great number of passionate and enthusiastic people volunteering on the waterways and they make a massive contribution. We really value all volunteers and particularly the many societies, associations and clubs who are our partners in so many important and useful projects. They help us achieve so much more, making our canals and rivers ever more vibrant, attractive and safer. When the new waterways charity is formed in April 2012 their help and our relationship with them will be more important than ever.”