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Environment Agency showcases improvements to Leiston Youth and Community Angling Society and River Gipping in Suffolk

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The Environment Agency has singled out two local river projects, following a cash boost to improve aquatic infrastructure.

The Leiston Youth and Community Angling Society has benefited from the addition of tracks to the on-site car parks, enabling wheelchair users to use the facilities.

In addition, the Calverton Fish Farm has released 1,000 crucian carp and 700 tench in the club's waters, and dedicated platforms have been constructed for use by anglers.

The River Gipping.
The River Gipping.

Meanwhile, the Suffolk Wildlife Trust has carried out works with the Environment Agency to improve the River Gipping and its tributaries, including the installation of specialist brushwood mattresses to help create diverse habitats.

The improvements come as part of a nationwide initiative to improve riverine environments, with £33 million made available via the Environment Agency's Water Environment Improvement Fund.

This sum was made possible through government and partner donations to the Agency, as well as proceeds from the sale of fishing licences - which totalled over £24 million last year.

The Agency's deputy director for fisheries, Kevin Austin, said: "It's fantastic to see that over a million people went fishing last year and are recognising the benefits of this sport.

"The Environment Agency uses licence income to maintain, improve and develop fisheries across the country.

"Whether it's preventing illegal fishing and poaching, responding to incidents or safeguarding habitats - all licence income is invested directly back into our fisheries and angling services.

"When you buy a licence you help us continue this vital work and create new opportunities for anglers."