Restored north Norfolk lake opens to young anglers

PUBLISHED: 11:28 29 March 2016 | UPDATED: 11:28 29 March 2016

Owner Robin Combe beside the lake, with Liam Reynolds from the rivers trust (left) and volunteer Carl Cornwall (right). Picture: Chris Bishop

Owner Robin Combe beside the lake, with Liam Reynolds from the rivers trust (left) and volunteer Carl Cornwall (right). Picture: Chris Bishop


Young people will get the chance to cast a line for the first time on a prime estate lake.

Robin Combe has restored the eight-acre lake overlooked by his home at Bayfield Hall, near Holt, with the help of 20 volunteers and the Norfolk Rivers Trust.

Now the trust has received a £12,000 grant from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme, which distributes the 5p charge shoppers pay for plastic carrier bags. The money will pay for fishing platforms, tree felling and footpath improvements at the venue.

Youngsters attending schools around the Holt area, together with the Holt Hall Field Study Centre and Holt Youth Project, will then be given fishing sessions with volunteer instructors.

David Diggens, director of the rivers trust, said: “This is an exciting initiative driven by Liam Reynolds from the Norfolk Rivers Trust to engage with school-age children from the Glaven Valley.

“With the money provided by the kind bidding of Tesco customers in the local area, we have the full amount of £12,000 available. This will be put to good use over the summer.

“Robin Combe from the Bayfield Estate has kindly allowed the trust to use Bayfield lake for the experience.

“The Norfolk Rivers Trust hopes this will provide a great opportunity for youngsters to enjoy the art of fishing, engage with the natural world and understand the importance of water and its quality in the environment.”

The River Glaven, which originally fed the lake, has been diverted to cut siltation.

Volunteer Robin Self, from Cley, said: “I’ve been fishing since I was four and I’m nearly 74. It’s one of the best pastimes youngsters can get into.”

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