Urban Buzz Ipswich

Urban Buzz Ipswich


The UK has lost over 90% of its wildflower rich grassland since the 1940s, with a move towards more intensive farming and development being the two main causes for this loss of habitat. Many of our pollinator species are in decline with some species restricted to certain parts of the UK. Three bumblebee species have become extinct within the last 50 years with many other species at risk.

Why help pollinators?

If you enjoy chocolate, coffee, strawberries, apples, cherries, and many other of our fruits, vegetables and flowers then you need pollinators! One out of every three mouthfuls of food depends on insect pollination. We need to protect pollinators, as they provide us with all of these luxuries and more, as well as pollinating many of our much loved garden and wildflower plants, providing a service worth millions of pounds!


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Festival Growers!

Festival Growers!

FolkEast is a festival that brings together thousands of folk lovers to enjoy a weekend of live music, local beer and general folkiness all in the beautiful grounds of Glemham Hall.
Along with the entertainment, there’s also stalls and displays – the stalls are mostly local companies who specialise in hand crafted items – there was a stall who crafts statues out of tree stumps using a chainsaw, and one who makes their own cotton free tshirts. As I said – it’s definitely folky.

FolkEast approached us and asked if we could supply them with some flowers for a municipal roundabout that they’d made – so on the day before the festival started, Susannah and her team went down to the garden and picked up a van load of flowers then headed to the festival.

Once they got there they laid out the flowers in a circle around two giant plastic heads – these were the central attraction of the roundabout – the Easter Island heads. Along with a large plastic palm tree in the middle.

The roundabout was in prime real-estate, right by the archway to the infamous GetOnThe Soapbox Stage – so it got plenty of attention.

Photos taken by our very own Sam, who was playing on the Soapbox Stage with his band; Elephant in the Room.

Goodgym Ipswich Launch

Goodgym Ipswich Launch

You can find out more info here www.goodgym.org/areas/ipswich


The launch of Goodgym in Ipswich is on Monday 4 September starting at the University of Suffolk Waterfront Building.

Following some formalities and a photo opp Goodgym runners will make their way to the People’s Community Garden to help Danny with various tasks for 30-45 minutes before running back to the waterfront.

These group runs will take place every Monday evening at 6.30pm ( each week we will undertake a different task)

It is free to join the group runs and Goodgym Ipswich has been launched in partnership with Suffolk County Council.

Community market celebrates community garden harvest

Community market celebrates community garden harvest

Please come along and share the bounty, meet your neighbours, have a chat, and treat yourself to a cuppa and homemade cake at the CRESS café.

ActivSheds will be in full swing, the community garden will be open if you’d like to look around, and there will be a range of stalls run by our community partners.

There will also be a chance to have a health check with Onelife Suffolk.

There is parking on site and in surrounding roads. The CRESS Pavilion is fully accessible with a disabled toilet.

Future 2017 CRESS markets will be held on 15 September and 13 October, with the Christmas special on Friday 8 December.

For more information, or if you would like to get involved please contact ActivGardens Development Manager Susannah Robirosa on 07530 407302 or email susannah@activlives.org.uk or Danny Thorrington on 07532 794173 or email danny@activlives.org.uk . ActivLives office can be reached on: 01473 345350.

CRESS Community Market – 18th August 2017

CRESS Community Market – 18th August 2017

Friday 18th August 2017 – 10am – 12:30pm
CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich, IP2 8RE – (Next to The People’s Community Garden)

Come along and buy some freshly picked produce, plants and flowers from ActivGardens. Plus honey from our bees, seasonal jam and chutney, crafts and other stalls. Light lunches made with allotment ingredients, tea, coffe & homemade cakes.

This is a community market so we would love to hear your ideas! For more information or to book a stall, call Susannah on 07530 407302 or email susannah@activlives.org.uk.

Expert brought in to rejuvenate Sudbury’s Belle Vue Park

Expert brought in to rejuvenate Sudbury’s Belle Vue Park

Dan Wheals, from ActivLives, will be in the town on Mondays and Thursdays, working in the park and at the Bridge Project to help bring the community together and offer leisure opportunities to people of all ages and backgrounds as part of the charity’s ‘Grow Your Community Sudbury’ campaign.

The charity has been brought in by landowner Babergh District Council and Suffolk County Council, which is responsible for keeping the county active.

Dan is hoping to work with existing volunteer groups, such as Sudbury in Bloom and The Sudbury Society, as well as volunteers.

Work has already started to clean up the area, with helpers wasting no time in planting seeds in the flower beds.

“We will be looking for people with lots of experience that can mentor those that know nothing and want to learn,” said Mr Wheals.

“We are trying to make it lovely again. We are inviting people to adopt little areas or just spend some time weeding or tending to the flowers.”

The district council announced in 2014 that it would be withdrawing the £3,000-a-year it spent on summer bedding plants, with perennials planted instead.

Park users and the committee members of Sudbury in Bloom have criticised the state of the park, particularly the flower beds. “Perennials come back each year and need some tending,” said Mr Wheals. “In any gaps, we will add vegetables. “There are so many flowers in Belle Vue that we could dig up and reuse these in other areas.”

Mr Wheals is hoping businesses can get staff to give up some time, as well as inviting community groups, organisations and individuals to go along and volunteer.

As part of the improvement plans, Mr Wheals is hoping people will come and share their ideas for what should be done. Other plans include opening up and improving the dark and under-used grotto-style area.

Peter Garrett, corporate manager for countryside and public realm at Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils, said: “Our partnership with ActivLives is seeking to teach people new gardening skills and get them involved in other aspects of how their parks, open spaces and the local environment is cared for. “Belle Vue Park needs a new management plan and our first step to achieve this is to seek the views of everyone who uses the park on how it should be managed in the future. “We want to hear from everyone who loves Belle Vue Park on how it can be improved: if you want to get involved, come down to Belle Vue and join ActivLives every Thursday.”

Mr Wheals will be at the park on Thursdays from 10am to 12.30pm. He will host an Easter family day on April 13. Families are invited to bring their own picnic and hard-boiled eggs and enjoy an egg hunt, egg rolling, games and planting activities, with a chance find out more about the project.

For more information, call Mr Wheals on 07551 343135.