About Fair Green

Fair Green is a registered village green in the small market town of Diss, Norfolk, East Anglia, England, United Kingdom. An important aspect of the history of Diss was its great Fair, an annual event for nearly 700 years. For 400 years, it was held here on Fair Green, where various fairs and public events are still held today.

Fair Green is currently owned by Andrew and Richard Rackham. Fair Green is managed on their behalf by the Fair Green Neighbourhood Association (FGNA), in partnership with Diss Town Council. Andrew Rackham has been an active member of FGNA for some years (including serving as Chair).

Previously, Fair Green was owned by Michael Goodier, owner/landlord of a number of properties around the Green, who purchased it from the Diss Parochial Charity, again on the understanding that the Green would be managed by the Fair Green Neighbourhood Association.

Webster Aranha Spider

On 11 March 2019, Fair Green welcomed Webster Aranha Spider to the children’s playground area. Its names were chosen by public vote later that year, with a naming ceremony on 6 July 2019. ‘Aranha’ is the Portuguese word for spider.

This beautiful sculpture was commissioned by the Fair Green Neighbourhood Association from Andy Harland, a local artist working at the Treesculpture /Hearts of Oak artists cooperative at Coney Weston near Garboldisham. It was funded through S106 developer contributions from the Long Meadow development in Diss & Roydon.

It may also remind us of the rare fen raft spiders which were released into our local fens to help their survival, in partnership with Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

Selwyn Burr Memorial Mulberry Tree

The mulberry tree near the Cock Inn, overlooking the playground, was planted by Lorraine Burr in memory of her husband Selwyn, who died in 1998. Selwyn’s obituary appeared in The Independent.

The other trees along that short edge of the Green were planted in May 2016, in an initiative organised by Alison Bannister. Beginning at the car park, the trees are whitebeam, sessile oak (behind the seat), small leaved lime, sycamore, sweet chestnut and hornbeam (nearer the phone box). There are three wild cherry trees in a row on the Green side.

The Ping Pong Table

Our ping pong table, which was installed thanks to Ping! England, bears a plaque honouring Ted Ling, remembered for his contribution to table tennis in Diss, where he started as a player, before becoming a committee member and later president of Diss Table Tennis Club.

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