The great outdoors is much loved, and people enjoy their time in the British countryside
in many ways, the most unusual of which is gold panning. Nature has deposited little
flakes and nuggets of wild, natural gold in many of Britain’s streams and rivers,
but only a very few people know this. The Royal family still use gold from Wales
and the Scottish crown was made from gold washed from small burns high in the Southern
Gold Fever can be life changing! Vincent Thurkettle became fascinated with searching
for natural gold after reading geology as a forestry student, and then, by chance,
meeting a gold prospector. He has never looked back and since then has spent all
his spare time gold prospecting in countries across Europe, and from Australia and
New Zealand to the Yukon in Canada. But, perhaps surprisingly, his favourite locations
are in Ireland and the UK. In May 2005 he took the huge leap of leaving his comfortable,
well-paid office job for the freedom to live the adventure of a life finding gold.
Vincent was President of the World Goldpanning Association for seven years and in
2007 he won a gold medal at the World Goldpanning Championships in Canada.