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.
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
A wonderful selection of crafts, plants, seasonal arrangements and produce will be on offer at our festive market, all made or grown at ActivGardens.
If you are looking for a new direction in 2020 – how about taking part in a free outdoor-based learning programme at ActivGardens, part of local charity ActivLives?
Our stalls will be bursting with freshly picked fruit, vegetables and plants grown at our community gardens as part of our produce market on Friday 11th October 2019, at the CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE, from 10am to 12.30pm.
Our Garden Projects
The People’s Community Garden
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.
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9am until 3.30pm
CHANTRY WALLED Garden & NURSERY
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.
Tuesday & Thursday 9am until 3.30pm
GROW YOUR COMMUNITY SUDBURY
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.
- At Belle Vue Park – every Thursday 10am until 12.30pm
- In other green spaces, housing estates and local plots by arrangement
ActivGardens 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.
ActivGardens Project and Site Co-ordinator
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ActivGardens Volunteer and Site Co-ordinator
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