The Restored Flood bank at Coopers
Over the past five months, Park Estate has been working tirelessly to restore the beat following the devastation wrought by Storm Frank. The famous lower Dee beat suffered some of the worst damage caused by the flooding. The flood bank at Coopers was breached and a large section of the river bank was washed away leaving one of the most dramatic images from January. In addition to the loss of the flood bank, the beat has had to contend with loss of huts and tracks as well as changes to the pools.
The Aftermath of Storm Frank
Suffice to say, beat owner William Foster has had a lot on his hands this spring. Together with the team of ghillies, led by Keith Cromar, and local contractors William has been doing everything in his power to restore the beat. The flood bank has been reinstated and the roads and tracks have been repaired; all of which represents a considerable investment by the estate. It will take time to get the beat restored as he would like, but William is fully committed to ensuring Park remains an attractive beat for anglers.
“We were horrified by the impact of the flood on the beat. It was a very upsetting time for everyone at Park, but there has been a massive team effort and we were delighted to have started the season with an opening day fish. It’s been a tough few months, but we are catching fish and while there are still repairs to be done, we have achieved a great deal so far. If we get a good summer and back end run, we will soon see Park back at its best.”
William Foster has a cast on the newly restored bank