Community garden, plant nursery, placements, and volunteering opportunities in a safe, welcoming environment, and much more!


Please browse our online catalogue and get your order in early.

We can deliver direct to your door from May – so you can continue enjoy your garden safely during these challenging times.

People’s Community Garden

An outdoor community resource, where people of all ages, and from all walks of life, get together to develop and maintain an inspiring green space.

Chantry Walled Garden

A beautiful heritage walled garden and plant nursery, open to the public. Here, we offer volunteering and work experience opportunities, and have a garden especially designed for people with disabilities to carry on gardening!

Grow Your Community: Sudbury

Join us in Belle Vue Park and other green spaces around town to make
your community bloom! Make new friends, learn skills, get active, feel fitter and improve your environment in the process.

Current Services & Projects

Read about our current ActivGardens projects to see how you can get involved

ActivHives Apiary and Bee Garden

Get closer to nature in our wildlife areas and take part in beekeeping.


A place to get creative, learn skills and work shoulder to shoulder on woodworking projects.

CRESS Pavilion

A community hub and information learning centre, where we hold our community market and pop-up cafe.

Heritage Garden

Lap up the atmosphere within the walls of our historical site – full of interesting features and beautiful plants.

Plant Nursery

A great place to learn industry skills, growing and tending plants, as well as buying our beautiful plants.

Bridging The Gap

Bridging The Gap is a project that brings the garden to care homes and hospital wards.

Carry On Gardening!

A project to enable older people to enjoy gardening – at our friendly, welcoming sites or in community and care settings.

Grow to Learn

Providing learning placements for older adults, family carers, and young people in transition with social care needs.

Grow Your Future

A structured learning and work experience programme for adults and young people aged 16+ who face barriers to work and/or a disadvantage in the jobs market.

Women's Skills Exchange

Bringing women together to learn and share skills.


Placements for young people and adults – learn skills, improve your health & wellbeing, socialise as part of a friendly team. 

We offer a range of activities in the relaxed, welcoming environment of the People’s Community Garden, ActivSheds and Chantry Walled Garden, at a pace to suit the individual.

Being part of ActivGardens will enable you to learn practical skills, gain confidence, and develop friendships.

Programmes for schools 

Exciting outdoor learning opportunities & skills development for young people.

We work with schools, colleges and other organisations to help develop young people – giving them a chance to learn hands-on, build confidence and self-esteem, and feel positive about their future.

Becoming a Volunteer

If you enjoy working with others in the great outdoors, then come and work at ActivGardens.

We have a variety of roles at our gardens and outreach sites, helping keep up with the work, contributing your skills, and supporting other people.

A Look Inside ActivGardens

Where You Can Find Us

The Peoples Community Garden

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 learn, develop and maintain an inspiring green space including growing vegetables, sowing seeds, maintaining wildlife areas, and beekeeping.

Open Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
9am – 3.30pm

Chantry Walled Garden

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. 

Open Tuesdays & Thursdays
9am – 3.30pm

Plant Sales every Tuesday & Thursday.

Belle Vue Park

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 – 12.30pm

Also available in other green spaces around Sudbury via booking.

CRESS Pavilion

Home to the CRESS Community Market & Cafe & ActivSheds.
The CRESS Pavilion is available to hire – contact us on 01473 345350 for more information.

CRESS Community Market – see events for next market

ActivSheds – open Fridays at 10am

Meet the Staff

Susannah Robirosa

ActivGardens Development Manager

Beverly Baker

ActivGardens Project Officer


Lesley Hartley

ActivGardens Project & Site Co-ordinator


News from ActivGardens


ActivLives is a local charity, which relies on grants, trusts, donations, fundraising activities, sponsorship & commissions to enable us to provide & develop our services across Ipswich & Suffolk.