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Two Diss organisations are vying for votes to win funding to help with projects

PUBLISHED: 11:42 27 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:42 27 October 2016

The area which will become the Mere Gardens. Picture: Diss Corn Hall.

The area which will become the Mere Gardens. Picture: Diss Corn Hall.

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The organisation behind ambitious plans to create a community wildlife garden in Diss is urging people to vote for it to receive funding which could help towards completing the project.

The Diss Heritage Triangle Trust has applied for the Aviva Community Fund, which offers the chance to get funding for important causes in the community.

The trust has applied for funding of between £10,000 and £25,000 along with Park Radio, who want the grant as part of their effort to become a community radio station, and will be competing for votes.

The Heritage Triangle Trust has sought the funding to help towards the creation of green space and a community wildlife garden at the back of the town council offices.

A floating boardwalk (which is not part of the application), seating and wildlife garden with native plants reflecting the history of the area and designed to attract wildlife, are part of the Heritage Triangle Project.

Peter Hyde, from the Diss Heritage Triangle Trust, said: “The space is crying out to be turned back into a garden. The view from the gardenis one of the best in Diss but it is completely hidden away.

“This is the chance to create a new exciting green space for Diss which will complement the park. We want people to go and vote in droves.”

It is estimated the Mere Gardens project will cost £47,000.

The overall cost of the Diss Heritage Triangle Project, which includes refurbishment to the Corn Hall, will be £3.2m.

Park Radio was recently awarded a five-year FM licence and plans to launch a full-time service of programmes in early 2017, which will reach an estimated population of up to 100,000.

Chris Moyse from Park Radio said: “Aviva have approved our project and we need as many people to now vote for us to stand a chance of receiving the funding we need.”

Voting is open until November 18 and can be done by visiting https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/


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