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Group honours former volunteer with dedication in Diss woodland

John Taylor's daughter Sue Taylor, front and centre, and his family and friends at the unveiling of his tribute at Quaker Wood in Diss. Picture:

John Taylor's daughter Sue Taylor, front and centre, and his family and friends at the unveiling of his tribute at Quaker Wood in Diss. Picture:

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A community group has put up a permanent dedication to remember one of their former volunteers.

John Taylor.John Taylor.

John Taylor had been a member of the Diss Community Woodland Project and enjoyed spending time helping to maintain the five acre Quaker Wood, off Factory Lane.

He died in early August at the age of 89.

A plaque was unveiled on the sign as people enter the wood at an open day attended by members of Mr Taylor’s family and friends.

Sue Taylor, Mr Taylor’s oldest daughter, said her father loved the town and the woodland.

She said: “He loved it and he loved the attitude of people. He liked looking after the environment and making it available to people.

“He really enjoyed working with the people here. It was a natural thing for him to belong to.

“For a town that is expanding, it is great to have a place for children to explore and a place of nature.

“It has been nice to speak to people who dad had known.”

Mr Taylor’s sister, Ann Ward, who is 98 and still lives in Diss, also attended.

There were various demonstrations on show for visitors during the open day, including scything, hand baling, bat box making and wool spinning.

Richard Pither, honorary secretary of the Diss Community Woodland Project, said of Mr Taylor: “Not only did he come up to work but if we had something on and we needed a steward or someone to collect the money, it was always John volunteering.

“He was a good bit older than the rest of us but he always got stuck in.”

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