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Everyday ActivGardens

ActivGardens are all about growing! Growing plants. Growing fresh healthy food. Growing yourself… your fitness, your health, your skills, your friends, your community. Get active with ActivGardens!

Volunteer with ActivGardens

If you enjoy working with others in the great outdoors, then get involved at ActivGardens.

We have 2 excellent sites in Ipswich, both of which have an ever expanding team of brilliant volunteers, who work from 1 day a week up to 5 or 6!

Want to help but not sure what you want to do? Well, there’s something for everyone – whether you want to care for plants or help out at an event.
Just get in touch, and we’ll talk you through all the different opportunities we can offer!

What We Offer

We have two sites in south-west Ipswich, the People’s Community Garden, on Maidenhall Allotments, and Chantry Walled Garden, in Chantry Park. We also run community growing projects in other parts of Ipswich and around Suffolk.

ActivGardens are inspiring, green projects with a job to fit everyone … and time for a cuppa and a chat.

ActivGardens are places to grow ideas and learn new skills, to showcase innovation and spark creativity. It’s friendly and welcoming, so you can find your niche and gain confidence or experience, learning at your own pace.

It’s not just about gardening – we have a community kitchen, café and market place, and an ActivShed for DIY and construction.

We are committed to doing all we can to support the natural environment through our bee-keeping project and areas for wildlife.

We have a garden centre and plant nursery, so you can acquire industry skills, show members of the public round, and pass on what you have learnt about plants.

We put on fun-packed events, and host visits for schools, colleges, garden clubs and community groups.

We work with all ages and abilities, so there are opportunities to help and mentor others.

We welcome work teams from local business with willing hands itching to get out of the office. It’s a great way of building your team and developing productive bonds between members of staff … and helps us keep on top of the work or complete a big project.

News from ActivGardens

Our Garden Projects

The People’s Community Garden

Location

Maidenhall Allotments, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE

What it is

The People’s Community Garden is an outdoor community resource on a public allotment site, where people of all ages and abilities get together to develop and maintain an inspiring green space. It is a place where you can find your niche and work at your own pace, as part of a friendly and dedicated team. It is a place where you can make friends and learn skills, as well as contribute your ideas, to make it truly a people’s garden.

Opening Times

Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9am until 3.30pm

CHANTRY WALLED Garden & NURSERY

Location

Chantry Park, Hadleigh Road, Ipswich IP2 0BS

What it is

Chantry Walled Garden is a heritage walled garden in a public park, with flower borders and vegetable-growing areas, as well as extensive glasshouses as part of our plant nursery.  Our base is cosy Nursery Cottage, where there is an accessible courtyard garden with raised beds for wheelchair users. The adjacent workshop has facilities for woodwork and basic construction. In this garden you can learn skills relevant to the horticultural industry as well as enjoy maintaining a garden full of history. 

Opening Times

Tuesday & Thursday 9am until 3.30pm

GROW YOUR COMMUNITY SUDBURY

Location

Bell Vue Park and various around Sudbury

What it is

Grow Your Community – Sudbury provides opportunities for local people to get involved in community growing in and around Sudbury.

Opening Times

  • At Belle Vue Park – every Thursday 10am until 12.30pm
  • In other green spaces, housing estates and local plots by arrangement

Our Staff

Susannah Robirosa

ActivGardens Fundraising & Development Manager

I have spent the past 11 years developing two redundant urban green spaces into creative, innovate and diverse community resources offering volunteering and training opportunities in horticulture, the natural environment and other related areas. The People’s Community Garden includes a community apiary, CRESS community hub and ActivSheds construction project, while Chantry Walled Garden is a plant nursery growing 25,000 plants for Ipswich parks and open spaces, together with an accessible Garden for Older People. I also manage outreach projects in Ipswich and, currently, our main outreach project in Sudbury. My job with ActivLives represented quite a career jump – as an English graduate, I worked for many years as a journalist in London and Melbourne before settling on the Essex/ Suffolk border with my husband and three children in 1995. While working as a sub editor at the East Anglian Daily Times, I decided to study for an RHS Diploma in Horticulture at Writtle College. I briefly ran a gardening business with a colleague, before landing a job with the Town & Bridge Project, now ActivLives, in 2008.

Lesley Hartley

ActivGardens Project & Site Co-ordinator

 

Bio to follow.

 

Beverly Baker

ActivGardens Project Officer

 

I joined the ActivGardens team in August 2019, working with Grow Your Community project in Sudbury. In October, I extended the role to Ipswich – as Project Officer at the People’s Community Garden.

I have worked in education for around 22 years – most recently at Thomas Gainsborough High School in Sudbury as Head of Careers.  In 2015 I was awarded the prestigious CDI National award ‘Career Educator of the Year’ for my work with young people at risk of disengagement.  In 2016, I achieved a post graduate qualification in careers guidance to support people of all ages. 

In 2004 I became a Cub Scout Leader, progressing to Akela for the 1st Great Cornard Cub Scouts from 2005 for around 10 years. I have experience of bushcraft and root scouting practices.  My campfire cooking sessions are already popular with volunteers and placements. 

I am married to Ian, we moved to Lavenham in 2012, where we have an allotment at the end of our garden; I like nothing better than to disappear for hours into the greenhouse to experiment with new seed varieties and plant cuttings.  We believe in gardening organically and companion planting and encourage a range of wildlife to our garden. We are both keen cooks and enjoy pickling and preserving our produce.  

My skills and experience of working across the community are invaluable.   I still cannot believe that I have been able to combine my two passions in life – supporting people and gardening.  I feel very lucky to work with a range of people in the community and look forward to going to work each day. 

 

Upcoming Activities

Click on an event below to find out more details
Oct
27
Tue
2020
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden | United Kingdom

Chantry Walled Garden is a heritage walled garden in a public park, with flower borders and vegetable-growing areas, as well as extensive glasshouses as part of our plant nursery.  Our base is cosy Nursery Cottage, where there is an accessible courtyard garden with raised beds for wheelchair users. The adjacent workshop has facilities for woodwork and basic construction. In this garden you can learn skills relevant to the horticultural industry as well as enjoy maintaining a garden full of history.

Every Tuesday and Thursday we hold a plant sale, where we sell plants we’ve grown in the garden to help fund the project.

Oct
29
Thu
2020
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden
Oct 29 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden | United Kingdom

Chantry Walled Garden is a heritage walled garden in a public park, with flower borders and vegetable-growing areas, as well as extensive glasshouses as part of our plant nursery.  Our base is cosy Nursery Cottage, where there is an accessible courtyard garden with raised beds for wheelchair users. The adjacent workshop has facilities for woodwork and basic construction. In this garden you can learn skills relevant to the horticultural industry as well as enjoy maintaining a garden full of history.

Every Tuesday and Thursday we hold a plant sale, where we sell plants we’ve grown in the garden to help fund the project.

Grow Your Community – Belle Vue Park, Sudbury @ Belle Vue Park
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Grow Your Community - Belle Vue Park, Sudbury @ Belle Vue Park | England | United Kingdom

COME AND VOLUNTEER!

Every Thursday 10am – 12.30pm at Belle Vue Park And in other green spaces by arrangement

• Get out and about a bit more
• Get more active and feel fitter
• Meet new people
• Contribute to your community
• Learn new skills and share ideas
• Improve your environment
• Suggest an area you would like to plant up

Please contact Bev Baker on 07523 399586 or email beverly@activlives.org.uk, alternatively call the ActivLives office on 01473 345350

Oct
30
Fri
2020
ActivSheds @ CRESS Pavilion
Oct 30 @ 10:00 am
ActivSheds @ CRESS Pavilion | England | United Kingdom
Share skills, learn informally, pursue your hobbies and interests!
Make friends and get more involved in your community!
Are you stuck indoors too much?
Would you like to get out more and meet like-minded people
in an informal, relaxed setting?
Do you like working with tools, repairing and mending, DIY projects?
If so, then why not join our ActivSheds project for men
You can share tools and resources and work on a wide range of projects
such as renovation, building raised beds and cold frames,
or smaller items such as bird boxes or plant troughs
You may have your own ideas or project you’d like to suggest
We can also give you help, advice and support to set up your
own Men’s Shed project in your community
ActivSheds runs on Friday mornings from 10am at the shed at the CRESS Pavilion on Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE, near the People’s Community Garden
For further information, please contact Susannah on 01473 345350 or susannah@activlives.org.uk.
Nov
3
Tue
2020
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden
Nov 3 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden | United Kingdom

Chantry Walled Garden is a heritage walled garden in a public park, with flower borders and vegetable-growing areas, as well as extensive glasshouses as part of our plant nursery.  Our base is cosy Nursery Cottage, where there is an accessible courtyard garden with raised beds for wheelchair users. The adjacent workshop has facilities for woodwork and basic construction. In this garden you can learn skills relevant to the horticultural industry as well as enjoy maintaining a garden full of history.

Every Tuesday and Thursday we hold a plant sale, where we sell plants we’ve grown in the garden to help fund the project.

Nov
5
Thu
2020
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden
Nov 5 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden | United Kingdom

Chantry Walled Garden is a heritage walled garden in a public park, with flower borders and vegetable-growing areas, as well as extensive glasshouses as part of our plant nursery.  Our base is cosy Nursery Cottage, where there is an accessible courtyard garden with raised beds for wheelchair users. The adjacent workshop has facilities for woodwork and basic construction. In this garden you can learn skills relevant to the horticultural industry as well as enjoy maintaining a garden full of history.

Every Tuesday and Thursday we hold a plant sale, where we sell plants we’ve grown in the garden to help fund the project.

Grow Your Community – Belle Vue Park, Sudbury @ Belle Vue Park
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Grow Your Community - Belle Vue Park, Sudbury @ Belle Vue Park | England | United Kingdom

COME AND VOLUNTEER!

Every Thursday 10am – 12.30pm at Belle Vue Park And in other green spaces by arrangement

• Get out and about a bit more
• Get more active and feel fitter
• Meet new people
• Contribute to your community
• Learn new skills and share ideas
• Improve your environment
• Suggest an area you would like to plant up

Please contact Bev Baker on 07523 399586 or email beverly@activlives.org.uk, alternatively call the ActivLives office on 01473 345350

Nov
6
Fri
2020
ActivSheds @ CRESS Pavilion
Nov 6 @ 10:00 am
ActivSheds @ CRESS Pavilion | England | United Kingdom
Share skills, learn informally, pursue your hobbies and interests!
Make friends and get more involved in your community!
Are you stuck indoors too much?
Would you like to get out more and meet like-minded people
in an informal, relaxed setting?
Do you like working with tools, repairing and mending, DIY projects?
If so, then why not join our ActivSheds project for men
You can share tools and resources and work on a wide range of projects
such as renovation, building raised beds and cold frames,
or smaller items such as bird boxes or plant troughs
You may have your own ideas or project you’d like to suggest
We can also give you help, advice and support to set up your
own Men’s Shed project in your community
ActivSheds runs on Friday mornings from 10am at the shed at the CRESS Pavilion on Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE, near the People’s Community Garden
For further information, please contact Susannah on 01473 345350 or susannah@activlives.org.uk.
Nov
10
Tue
2020
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden
Nov 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden | United Kingdom

Chantry Walled Garden is a heritage walled garden in a public park, with flower borders and vegetable-growing areas, as well as extensive glasshouses as part of our plant nursery.  Our base is cosy Nursery Cottage, where there is an accessible courtyard garden with raised beds for wheelchair users. The adjacent workshop has facilities for woodwork and basic construction. In this garden you can learn skills relevant to the horticultural industry as well as enjoy maintaining a garden full of history.

Every Tuesday and Thursday we hold a plant sale, where we sell plants we’ve grown in the garden to help fund the project.

Nov
12
Thu
2020
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden
Nov 12 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden | United Kingdom

Chantry Walled Garden is a heritage walled garden in a public park, with flower borders and vegetable-growing areas, as well as extensive glasshouses as part of our plant nursery.  Our base is cosy Nursery Cottage, where there is an accessible courtyard garden with raised beds for wheelchair users. The adjacent workshop has facilities for woodwork and basic construction. In this garden you can learn skills relevant to the horticultural industry as well as enjoy maintaining a garden full of history.

Every Tuesday and Thursday we hold a plant sale, where we sell plants we’ve grown in the garden to help fund the project.

Grow Your Community – Belle Vue Park, Sudbury @ Belle Vue Park
Nov 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Grow Your Community - Belle Vue Park, Sudbury @ Belle Vue Park | England | United Kingdom

COME AND VOLUNTEER!

Every Thursday 10am – 12.30pm at Belle Vue Park And in other green spaces by arrangement

• Get out and about a bit more
• Get more active and feel fitter
• Meet new people
• Contribute to your community
• Learn new skills and share ideas
• Improve your environment
• Suggest an area you would like to plant up

Please contact Bev Baker on 07523 399586 or email beverly@activlives.org.uk, alternatively call the ActivLives office on 01473 345350

Nov
13
Fri
2020
ActivSheds @ CRESS Pavilion
Nov 13 @ 10:00 am
ActivSheds @ CRESS Pavilion | England | United Kingdom
Share skills, learn informally, pursue your hobbies and interests!
Make friends and get more involved in your community!
Are you stuck indoors too much?
Would you like to get out more and meet like-minded people
in an informal, relaxed setting?
Do you like working with tools, repairing and mending, DIY projects?
If so, then why not join our ActivSheds project for men
You can share tools and resources and work on a wide range of projects
such as renovation, building raised beds and cold frames,
or smaller items such as bird boxes or plant troughs
You may have your own ideas or project you’d like to suggest
We can also give you help, advice and support to set up your
own Men’s Shed project in your community
ActivSheds runs on Friday mornings from 10am at the shed at the CRESS Pavilion on Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE, near the People’s Community Garden
For further information, please contact Susannah on 01473 345350 or susannah@activlives.org.uk.
Nov
17
Tue
2020
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden
Nov 17 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden | United Kingdom

Chantry Walled Garden is a heritage walled garden in a public park, with flower borders and vegetable-growing areas, as well as extensive glasshouses as part of our plant nursery.  Our base is cosy Nursery Cottage, where there is an accessible courtyard garden with raised beds for wheelchair users. The adjacent workshop has facilities for woodwork and basic construction. In this garden you can learn skills relevant to the horticultural industry as well as enjoy maintaining a garden full of history.

Every Tuesday and Thursday we hold a plant sale, where we sell plants we’ve grown in the garden to help fund the project.

Nov
19
Thu
2020
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden
Nov 19 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Plants for Sale at Chantry Walled Garden @ Chantry Walled Garden | United Kingdom

Chantry Walled Garden is a heritage walled garden in a public park, with flower borders and vegetable-growing areas, as well as extensive glasshouses as part of our plant nursery.  Our base is cosy Nursery Cottage, where there is an accessible courtyard garden with raised beds for wheelchair users. The adjacent workshop has facilities for woodwork and basic construction. In this garden you can learn skills relevant to the horticultural industry as well as enjoy maintaining a garden full of history.

Every Tuesday and Thursday we hold a plant sale, where we sell plants we’ve grown in the garden to help fund the project.

Grow Your Community – Belle Vue Park, Sudbury @ Belle Vue Park
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Grow Your Community - Belle Vue Park, Sudbury @ Belle Vue Park | England | United Kingdom

COME AND VOLUNTEER!

Every Thursday 10am – 12.30pm at Belle Vue Park And in other green spaces by arrangement

• Get out and about a bit more
• Get more active and feel fitter
• Meet new people
• Contribute to your community
• Learn new skills and share ideas
• Improve your environment
• Suggest an area you would like to plant up

Please contact Bev Baker on 07523 399586 or email beverly@activlives.org.uk, alternatively call the ActivLives office on 01473 345350

Nov
20
Fri
2020
ActivSheds @ CRESS Pavilion
Nov 20 @ 10:00 am
ActivSheds @ CRESS Pavilion | England | United Kingdom
Share skills, learn informally, pursue your hobbies and interests!
Make friends and get more involved in your community!
Are you stuck indoors too much?
Would you like to get out more and meet like-minded people
in an informal, relaxed setting?
Do you like working with tools, repairing and mending, DIY projects?
If so, then why not join our ActivSheds project for men
You can share tools and resources and work on a wide range of projects
such as renovation, building raised beds and cold frames,
or smaller items such as bird boxes or plant troughs
You may have your own ideas or project you’d like to suggest
We can also give you help, advice and support to set up your
own Men’s Shed project in your community
ActivSheds runs on Friday mornings from 10am at the shed at the CRESS Pavilion on Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE, near the People’s Community Garden
For further information, please contact Susannah on 01473 345350 or susannah@activlives.org.uk.

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