Win a year’s free fishing - Lee Valley Anglers challenged with year-long 50th anniversary competitions

Lee Valley Regional Park’s Fisheries team have launched three competitions in honour of the Park Authority’s landmark 50th anniversary this year.
Fisheries officer Jamie Godson (right) pictured with Fisheries volunteers Colin Short (left) and Bill Draper (centre) stocking three of the new carp included in the 50 Stocked Fish Challenge.
Anglers are invited to participate in a series of challenges that will run throughout 2017, and successful entrants will be rewarded with special prizes. Open exclusively to Lee Valley Regional Park’s season permit holders, each of the three competitions will offer entrants the chance to win a FREE season permit worth up to £310 for next year

Competition #1 - The 50 Most Wanted Challenge

Anglers must aim to catch any of the 50 target fish that have been shortlisted by the Lee Valley Fisheries team and are considered to be those most sought after in the park’s waters.
Images of the ’50 Most Wanted’ fish and which venues they reside in can be found on the competition’s dedicated Facebook page.

Competition #2 - The 50lb+ Fish Challenge

Permit holders will need to catch an individual carp weighing 50lb+ to be eligible to enter the prize draw.
Visit the '50lb+' challenge Facebook page for more information.

Competition #3 - The 50 Stocked Fish Challenge

50 new top-quality carp, courtesy of VS Fisheries, have been stocked across a number of Lee Valley Park Fisheries. Referencing the Fisheries’ dedicated ’50 Stocked’ Facebook page, successful participants will need to catch any of these individual fish, photograph them and submit the catch details to enter the competition.
Jamie Godson, Fisheries Officer at Lee Valley Regional Park said: “Lee Valley Regional Park’s 50th anniversary is a major milestone for us and even though we’re only a few weeks into the challenges, we’ve already received one extremely notable entry for the 50 ‘Most Wanted’, along with positive feedback from our existing permit holders who are keen to get involved in all three challenges. In addition to providing our anglers with a unique incentive, the competitions are a nice way of sharing fresh images and reports of the calibre of fish in our directly managed venues. The Fisheries team welcome all existing, previous and new members to apply for a season permit at one of our directly managed fisheries (where permits are available) and join in the park’s special anniversary.”

Established in 1967, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority is responsible for the development of leisure, recreation, sport and nature activities throughout the 26-mile-long park which straddles London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

Created to act as a ‘green lung’ and ‘great playground for Londoners, following decades of industry and neglect across the region, the Regional Park has been transformed from gravel pits and industrial sites that pockmarked its landscape into the vibrant and thriving 10,000-acre Regional Park seen today.

Alongside its fisheries, the Park is also home to award-winning open spaces and world-class sports venues, including three London 2012 venues such as the nearby Lee Valley White Water Centre in Waltham Cross, which hosted the London 2012 canoe slalom events.

To enter any of the competitions, successful anglers must submit a photograph of themselves with their catch to fisheries@leevalleypark.org.uk. All competition entries must be received no later than 31 December 2017. Winners will be drawn at random by an independent officer and announced on the Lee Valley Park website in early January 2018.

For more information, head to visitleevalley.org.uk/angling
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Philippa Dean