ActivLives’ gardening project is taking ‘Get Gardening’ kits into schools in and around Sudbury with the support of Perrywood garden centre.

The kits contain vegetable seeds, a bag of compost, an indoor cress-growing activity, and wildflower seeds and clay to make seed balls or “bee bombs” to encourage children to grow their own vegetables and wild up forgotten patches of ground for the benefit of wildlife.

Project Officer Beverly Baker said: “Over the past year it has been difficult to engage with the community as we normally would have done. We planned to work with a number of primary schools in the park, but this has not been possible. So in a bid to collaborate in different ways, we decided to share some gardening skills and exciting activities with schools directly.”

Tudor Primary in Sudbury, Pot Kiln Primary in Great Cornard and Lavenham Primary were pleased to receive the boxes and will be keeping in touch to let ActivGardens know how their pupils’ growing skills are progressing.  ActivLives is one of Perrywood’s charities of the year, raising funds for ActivGardens ‘Grow Your Community’ project in Sudbury and Great Cornard and supporting community growing through donations of plants, seeds and equipment.

  • Belle Vue Park volunteers will be returning to the park in April. Please get in touch with ActivLives on 01473 345350 or email Project Officer Beverly Baker if you’d like to join in.

For more information on ActivGardens services, please contact Fundraising and Development Manager Susannah Robirosa  Or call ActivLives on 01473 345350.


Notes to editor ActivLives delivers innovative and impactful health and well-being programmes to communities of high deprivation in Suffolk. We work in collaboration with the NHS, Public Health Suffolk, local authorities, voluntary services, schools and other agencies, feeding into local, regional and national strategies, ensuring our services address the needs of the community and partner groups. ActivLives encourages everyone, of any age or capability, to lead an active, healthy lifestyle, through volunteering, work experience, learning and training at our community gardens and outreach projects, market and café, ‘Men’s Shed’, health walks, seated/standing exercise, lunch clubs and community events.