Woodland tribute in Diss to be unveiled in honour of volunteer

John Taylor.

A tribute is to be unveiled to a man who loved to maintain a community wood in Diss and was from a prominent family in the town.

On Saturday, October 8 a plaque to John Taylor will be unveiled at Quaker Wood by volunteers from Diss Community Woodland Project.

Mr Taylor died aged 89 in August and was one of the small army of green-fingered volunteers who would meet at weekends to maintain the five acre piece of scenic woodland.

The unveiling will take place at 11am during an open day and Mr Taylor's relatives are due to attend.

Richard Pither, honorary secretary of the woodland group said: 'We recently lost one of our more senior volunteers, John Taylor.

'We propose to remember him with a small plaque alongside others on the entrance gate post.

'One of the important aspects of the wood is that we all enjoy mucking in together and getting to know each other and I know that John valued this companionship, just as the rest of us do.

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'We will be making a special collection on the day in memory of John, which will go towards woodland funds.

'We hope that those who knew John will come along for the unveiling when donation will be received.'

Quaker Wood, off Factory Lane, used to be owned by the Quakers and was officially opened by the Diss Community Woodland Project in 2010.

Apart from his sister, who lives in Mount Street, Mr Taylor was the last of the Taylor family to live in Diss. They occupied The Manor House for many generations.

It was his father who donated the Corn Hall to Diss.