Six of the UK’s top game fisheries have been shortlisted for services to disabled anglers. The nominations are: Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk; Bushyleaze Trout Fishery, Gloucestershire; Eyebrook Trout Fishery, Leicestershire; Farmoor Reservoir, Oxfordshire; Pitsford and Ravensthorpe Reservoirs in Northamptonshire. The list has been complied by The Wheelyboat Trust, with the award itself to be presented at the House of Fishing at this year’s CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on Friday, July 18th by the guest of honour Lord de Mauley, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Natural Environment and Science.
This year’s prize is a 4hp outboard motor provided by the award’s sponsors, Suzuki GB.
“We are delighted to announce the shortlist for this year’s Alan Faulkner Memorial Award and it is gratifying to see that the award is so keenly sought after,” explained Andy Beadsley, The Wheelyboat Trust’s CEO. “The shortlisted candidates have shown a real dedication to ensure that anglers with disabilities are welcomed and given the same opportunity as their able-bodied counterparts – we have a real contest on our hands this year.”
This is the twelfth year of the award created in memory of the Trust’s founder president. Previous winners include Carsington Water, Rutland Water, Chew Valley Lake, Eyebrook Trout Fishery, Grafham Water and Lake of Menteith.