A re-developed fishing lake for specimen carp weighing up to 33lb has been officially opened at a popular Shropshire fishery and holiday park.

Trevor’s Specimen Carp Lake, covering more than one acre, is one of five lakes at Spring Lea Fishery and Holiday Park at Plealey Road, Lea Cross, near Shrewsbury.

Councillor Roger Evans, Shropshire County Council member for Longden division, cut the red tape to officially declare the lake open.

Owners Salop Caravan Sites will be investing around £2 million in the holiday park and fishery, with all five lakes having been restocked for the new coarse fishing season.

“I welcome the investment by Salop Caravan Sites in the facilities at Spring Lea Fishery and Holiday Park,” said Cllr Evans. “It will be a credit to the area and I am sure that people who visit will appreciate the views and scenery.

“Salop Caravan Sites is a local company that has a reputation for working with and supporting the local community wherever it owns parks and similar types of facilities.

The mirror, common and grass carp released in Trevor’s Specimen Carp Lake have been specially selected with the aim of making the fishing pool one of the best in Shropshire. The lake is named after Trevor Potter, a previous owner of the fishery.

Anglers can buy a 24-hour ticket for £25 or a 12-hour ticket for £16 to fish for the specimen carp.

The fishery also includes Horseshoe Pool, spanning more than one acre with access to 26 pegs, the 1.3-acre Mallard Pool with 48 pegs, the 1.4-acre Orfe Pool with 42 peg and one-acre Canal Pool, the only fishing pool of its kind in Shropshire designed to mimic a 10-metre wide natural canal.

Anglers can book day tickets, from 8am to 8pm, on these four coarse fishing pools from £10. Tickets for all five lakes, which have been re-stocked at a cost of £30,000, may be booked online at https://springleapark.co.uk/book-fishing/ .

The fishery hosts five open fishing matching a week as well as competitions for angling clubs across Shropshire and Mid Wales. Full details are available from fishery manager Bryan Waterman on Tel: 01743 860972.

There is a café and tackle and bait shop on site which sells essential tackle and tried and tested bait.

Spring Lea Fishery and Holiday Park occupies 25 acres of countryside on the edge of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The park has 20 seasonal, hardstanding pitches for touring caravans and motorhomes and 10 premium camping pitches.

Further development at the dog-friendly park will include 40 holiday homes, 18 glamping pods, six luxury lodges and new reception and facilities building with a gym, café and outside eating area over the coming years.

For more information about the park, contact managers Shaun Johnson and Alison Naughton or visit https://springleapark.co.uk .

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Councillor Roger Evans cuts a ribbon to open Trevor’s Specimen Carp Lake at Spring Lea Fishery and Holiday park watched by (from left) managers Shaun Johnson and Alison Naughton and Salop Caravans Sites associate director Ed Glover.