Community helps Diss woodland flourish

Hardy volunteers rolled up their sleeves and spent a morning planting 300 trees and shrubs at a south Norfolk woodland.

Quaker Wood, off Factory Lane, in Diss, was officially opened by naturalist and writer Richard Mabey last summer.

On Saturday, members of the Woodland Group, which manages the five-and-a-half acre site, held its annual tree planting day as part of its continual effort to transform the former agricultural meadow into an established wood.

In all 240 trees and 60 shrubs were planted.

Group secretary Richard Pither said the area was proving popular with residents.

He said: 'You can see a footpath has been created by walkers since the opening and there are well worn paths all around.

'It's a natural area not just for local residents but for local wildlife.

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'We have got different people monitoring it... Monitoring is showing that numbers and varieties are increasing.'