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.

 

OPENING HOURS

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.

Accessible Garden

A garden specially designed to ensure everyone can be involved in gardening.

Heritage Garden

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

Plant Nursery

A great place to learn industry skills, growing and tending plants for sale.

Location

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.

Buses:
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.

Young Green Fingers 

Exciting outdoor learning opportunities 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.

Upcoming Activities & Events

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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.