Diss river project ‘bags’ a boost from 5p levy

The River Waveney Trust has been boosted with a grant of at least �8,000. ANL-160223-110711001

The River Waveney Trust has been boosted with a grant of at least �8,000. ANL-160223-110711001

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An exciting river project in Diss has become the beneficiary of the recent 5p carrier bag charge introduced last year — and the figure could rise should the public back it further.

The River Waveney Trust, which works to maintain the river and its tributaries as well as making it more accessible, has bagged a grant of at least £8,000 by the Tesco Bags of Help initiative to renovate Frenze Beck Nature Reserve in Diss.

The River Waveney Trust has been boosted with a grant of at least �8,000. ANL-160223-110721001

The River Waveney Trust has been boosted with a grant of at least �8,000. ANL-160223-110721001

But a public vote at the Tesco store in the town could boost the coffers ever further. Should the project win the funding rises to £12,000.

The runner-up would be given £10,000.

River Waveney Trust spokesperson Geoff Doggett said: “This is a golden opportunity to vastly improve what has sadly become a slightly unloved area of Diss.

“Frenze Beck can be transformed with a lot of effort from our great unpaid volunteers in the Trust, and the money will help us bring in contractors to do some of the more specialist work that we are not able to secure free of charge.”

This is a golden opportunity to vastly improve what has sadly become a slightly unloved area of Diss

Geoff Doggett

A spokesperson said the trust wanted to “save a wonderful resource” from further decay, and say the project, set to run for up to three years, would restore the area as a “wetland haven” for wildlife, and make it a visitor attraction for the public.

The vote will run between Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, March 6.

The River Waveney Association, established in March 2012, now has several hundred members.

It was registered as a charity in November 2012 and is now known as the River Waveney Trust.

The River Waveney Trust has been boosted with a grant of at least �8,000. ANL-160223-110701001

The River Waveney Trust has been boosted with a grant of at least �8,000. ANL-160223-110701001

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