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Around 100 people rallied to the call of the Friends of Springfield Park in Kidderminster to help carry out an audit of fish in Stackpool last week.

Stackpool3The friends group (FOSP) took over the licence for fishing rights at the three acre pool in January and have ambitious plans to develop the amenity and encourage more people to use the park and take up angling.

FOSP put out the call for people to help with the audit, which was carried out by the Environment Agency, and were delighted with the turnout from local residents and anglers who helped trawl the pool using a huge 100metre net.

The largest “catch of the day” was a huge carp, weighing 20lbs and nine ounces, dubbed “Warrior” by locals. Pike... All fish caught were examined and carefully returned to the pool.Stackpool7

The Friends Group is working closely with Wyre Forest District Council to improve the pool. The council carried out a general clean up,  trimmed back the banks and removed old fishing platforms or “pegs” while the group and local volunteers removed old platform supports from the water and constructed around 15 new fishing pegs.

Ben Bendall, Chairman of the Friends Group, said: “It truly was a tremendous day and it was great to see so many people respond to our call. The pool is looking really good with the improvements so far, and there will be many more to follow.

“We have produced a leaflet which is being distributed informing people about the facilities the pool has to offer and we will be running angling courses for those wanting to try the sport or improve their skills. In a word, it's all happening at Stackpool.”

Deputy council leader Councillor Ian Hardiman said:  “I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along on the day, and to the Friends of Springfield Park who pulled it all together.

“This was a great community effort and a great example of how we are involving local organisations more in delivering services, and all pulling together to make Wyre Forest a great place to live, work and visit.”

Wyre Forest District Council