Chantry Walled Garden

Learn about Horticulture

Enjoy a range of horticultural activities in the safe, welcoming environment of the walled garden, at a pace to suit the individual. Bespoke sessions for young people and adults with learning disability and / or mental health issues.

What’s in the 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.  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.


How many flowers…?

A range of horticultural activities are on offer, in the safe, welcoming environment of the walled garden, at a pace to suit you: 

  • Help maintain our flower borders full of heritage varieties
  • Propagate and grow on plants for Ipswich parks and open spaces
  • Meet and greet members of the public and help them pick a plant for their garden
  • Grow heritage vegetables
  • Gain work experience in the park
  • Try your hand at making hedgehog homes or bird boxes in our workshop
  • We have an entire garden area adapted for use by wheelchair users and people with mobility issues or disabilities, including older people.



Volunteer days are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9.00am till 3.00pm. Bespoke/ one to one sessions can be organised, by arrangement.

Please do get in touch if you would like to volunteer or get involved in any way.

Our Projects



Chantry Walled Garden, Chantry Park, Ipswich IP2 0BS

What it is

It’s about encouraging older people to carry on gardening!
Would you like to get out a bit more? Would you like to meet new people? Would you like to learn new skills and share ideas? Do you like helping other and contributing to your community? If so, come join our FREE garden-based activities project at Chantry Walled Garden. Its not just about gardening … we run craft, conservation and other activities too!



Chantry Walled Garden, Chantry Park, Ipswich IP2 0BS

What it is

It’s a project for young people to learn, build confidence and develop skills.

ActivGardens offers placements and volunteering opportunities for young people of all abilities, with facilities for people with disabilities.

At Chantry Walled Garden, we offer a range of horticultural activities in a safe, welcoming environment. Here, you can learn at your own pace, and there’s a job to suit everyone

Upcoming Activities

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Chantry Walled Garden

15-17 Russell Rd, Ipswich IP1 2DE, UK

The address is: Chantry Walled Garden, Chantry Park, Hadleigh Road, Ipswich, IP2 0BS

Directions and parking: The nearest public car park is accessed off Hadleigh Road – turn right at top of driveway as you face the mansion. After parking, walk along the path round to right, past Sue Ryder stable block café and bowls pavilion on left. Keep straight on, passing Ipswich Borough Council gate entrance (DO NOT enter!); you will walk along the outer wall of IBC yard with a flower border and green iron gate on right (ignore this entrance). Go through wooden orchard gate straight ahead, and you will find a boardwalk leading to a second green iron gate. Turn in here and turn right towards greenhouses. Follow shingle path round; if no-one is in greenhouses, go through double wooden gates on right, and turn left to Nursery Cottage.

Number 91 (to Hadleigh and Sudbury) leaves at regular intervals from Ipswich town centre. Ipswich buses run as far as Dickens Road. The site can be reached on foot from London Road.

Our Staff

Susannah Robirosa

ActivGardens Development Manager

I have spent the past five years developing the People’s Community Garden from an abandoned area of allotment site into the thriving community resource it is today. I am now focusing attention on Chantry Walled Garden, building up the horticultural and life skills programme for young adults with complex needs, and developing the site to provide opportunities for volunteers and older people. 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.

Email Susannah

Call: 07530 407302

Lesley Hartley

ActivGardens Project Co-ordinator


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.