Community woodland project is appealing for helpers

Angie and John Gardner volunteers with the Diss Community Woodland Project. Picture: Rebecca Murphy

Angie and John Gardner volunteers with the Diss Community Woodland Project. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

A community project is calling for people to put on their coat and wellies and spend a few hours outside to help look after nature.

Quaker Wood in Diss during the summer. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Quaker Wood in Diss during the summer. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2016

The first wood maintenance session of the year has taken place at Quaker Wood in Diss.

But the Diss Community Woodland Project, which manages the wood, are appealing for more people to help look after the 5.5 acre site which boasts a young woodland, wildflower meadow, open spaces and wild areas and a pond.

The group is particularly hoping to appeal to younger people but all are welcome and no specialist skills are needed.

Richard Pither, the group's honourable secretary, said: 'We all enjoy ourselves getting stuck in and spending a few hours a week together you make new friends.


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'We are always keen to encourage people to get involved in different roles.'

The community project began in 2007 and the land was purchased from the Diss Quaker Trust - who had owned it for more than 200 years - in 2008.

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People can help with general clearing of the land and ditches and log cutting while taking time to appreciate the wildlife.

Mervyn Eyett, from Bressingham, near Diss, attended his first session today (Saturday).

He said: 'I have just moved to the area. It is a matter of being in the fresh air and it is also for everyone's benefit.'

The wood attracts a number of animals including bats, owls, deer and pheasants.

There is also a forestry school for children.

The group meet the first Saturday and third Wednesday of every month from 9.30am.

For more information about the group and volunteering visit http://www.quakerwood.org.uk/

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