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Young Learners at fishery

Former Christmas tree grower Martin Taylor explains to editor Victoria Galligan how his family farm diversified into providing accessible fishing and created an educational facility onsite for local youngsters...

Situated few miles outside Wigan, Fir Tree Fishery (soon to be renamed as Fir Tree CIC) has long been a haven for local anglers. The landscape was covered in the farm’s namesake trees and every few years, November and December were times for harvesting while thefishery ticked along nicely supporting thefarm business.

Managing Director Martin says: “In 2010, we had just harvested a crop of trees, which grew on the land surrounding our original fishing lakes, and we thought: ‘Do we want to wait another eight or nine years for another crop, or do we want to diversify?’

“We had run the commercial fishinglakes for a while and noticed that we weren’t attracting any anglers with disabilities. So I began what became somewhat of a crusade!”