Parkend Village

Cannop Ponds were created in 1825 and 1829 for industrial purposes, which makes them 193 years and 197 years old respectively, Yorkley & District Angling Club have leased the ponds for coarse fishing from Forestry England and its predecessors since 1958. The ponds contain a variety of uk native freshwater fish such as Roach, Rudd, Perch, Tench, Eels, Bream, Carp, Pike, Dace, Brown trout and Sticklebacks. During its 64 years of stewardship of Cannop Ponds as a fishery Yorkley & District Angling Club members have carried out many thousands of volunteer hours, maintaining and improving the ponds for the benefit of its members and the general public, these include but are not exhaustive of, repairs and maintenance of footpaths, creation and maintenance of fishing pegs and fishing platforms, control of non-native invasive pond weed, water quality monitoring/correction and management of fish stocks. Over the years the clubs relationship with its landlord Forestry England and its predecessors has been a good one, particularly with local based Forestry Rangers and office staff.
The ponds are fed by The Cannop Brook which flows through Cannop 2 then flows down to and through Cannop 1, at the moment there two distinct ecosystems, the brook ecosystem and the pond ecosystem, if Forestry England’s plans are implemented there will only be one ecosystem the brook ecosystem. All the fish currently in the ponds with the exception of Brown Trout, eels, dace and sticklebacks would not survive in the brook ecosystem and would have to be removed and relocated elsewhere. The Swans, Mandarin Ducks and most of the other waterbirds would not be present in a brook ecosystem, also the ponds amphibians & Invertebrates such as the Great Crested Newts, Frogs, Damselfly larvae etc would not survive in a brook ecosystem and would need to be relocated. Forestry England have told the club that both ponds are classified as reservoirs and are therefore subject to the Reservoirs act 1975, this legislation gives a strict responsibility to reservoir Owners to inspect, maintain and repair, it appears to the club that rather than face the financial burden of the repairs required to the ponds Forestry England has decided to try and avoid its obligation to repair by removing the ponds completely thus ending its current and all future liabilities. Cannop ponds are two Iconic, historic beauty spots in a unique ecosystem, they are used and appreciated by 1000s of local people and visitors alike, they are also the final resting place of many departed loved ones whose ashes have been spread over the ponds surface, the ponds also have a positive effect on people’s mental health and wellbeing, not just anglers, but birdwatchers, cyclists and walkers amongst others.
The Club strongly condemns Forestry England’s Proposals and ask them to quickly reconsider, and take the responsible course of action which is to repair. The club also asks for the support of other Forestry England Stakeholders, our local MP Mark Harper and other local politicians, The Environment Agency, The Angling Trust and the General Public in opposing Forestry England’s Hairbrained scheme.