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Village woodland site transformed

PUBLISHED: 19:42 13 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:29 07 July 2010

Twelve months ago it was a sorry looking overgrown area used as a dumping ground.

But on Saturday a small corner in the village of Yaxham, near Dereham, marked the first birthday of a project which has seen it transformed thanks to some good old fashioned community spirit.

Twelve months ago it was a sorry looking overgrown area used as a dumping ground.

But on Saturday a small corner in the village of Yaxham, near Dereham, marked the first birthday of a project which has seen it transformed thanks to some good old fashioned community spirit.

Pinns Corner is no longer plagued by fly tippers and now has newly planted trees, cleared ditches and wildflowers are coming through.

The Yaxham Woodland Group has spearheaded the work and about 40 people joined in a celebration of the first anniversary of the scheme.

Apple pressing, making mini fences, pumpkin carving and a demonstration of a shave horse were among the varied activities on offer

“It was a fantastic day. This gives a nice tidy area which links the two parts of the village and people have commented on how good it is to see it now,” said group secretary Sue Martin.

The group has worked closely with the village school and the work was even mentioned in the school's Ofsted report.

It is hoping to obtain another piece of land in the village to create a community wild space, which would have trees and meadowland and an area for skylarks.

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