People's Community Garden

What is the People’s Community Garden? 

A place where people can make friends and learn skills, as well as contribute their own ideas, to make the garden truly a people’s garden.

ActivGardens is supported by The Suffolk Community Foundation


Down the Garden Path

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.

The garden is divided into different areas, offering a range of gardening experience:

  • Grow vegetables on our traditional plots
  • Help make the Sensory Garden bloom
  • Tend the Herb Spiral full of culinary and medicinal herbs
  • Sow seeds in the polytunnels
  • Maintain our orchard full of lovely old East Anglian varieties
  • Get active for nature in our wildflower meadows and wildlife areas
  • We have specially adapted raised beds for wheelchair users and people with mobility issues
  • We also run a beekeeping project, an ActivShed for carpentry and construction, and a community hub at our CRESS Pavilion



Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am until 2.30pm

We are also open on occasional weekends for special visits, events and open days

ActivHives Apiary and Bee Garden

Helping keep bees buzzing and train up the next generation of beekeepers.


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

CRESS Pavilion & Community Market

Community Resource, Education and Skills Space. This is where we hold our community markets and pop-up café too.

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 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.

Grow to Learn

A project for young people with additional needs or challenging life circumstances to learn skills and gain work experience.

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.


The Peoples Community Garden

The address is: The People’s Community Garden, Maidenhall Allotments, Halifax Rd, Ipswich, IP2 8RE

The garden has its own pedestrian gate – from Halifax Road, walk down the roadway (not accessible to vehicles from either end), keeping the allotment site on your left and Bourne Vale Social Club on your right – the gate is a short walk along the pavement on the left hand side. From Wherstead Road, look out for Orwell’s furniture shop and turn into the roadway opposite, which leads under the railway bridge (if you are in a car, park between the trees – if you go under the bridge you may get stuck or have a long way to reverse), walk up the roadway, pass the main allotment gates, and our pedestrian gate will be on your right.

You can catch all buses from The Old Cattle Market, near The Buttermarket shopping mall. Use this link to get the bus timetable: TIMETABLE

The bus follows this path:
The Old Cattle Market > Princes Street (Willis Building) > Burrell Road > Stoke Street > Austin Street > Wherstead Road > Luther Road > Belstead Avenue > Maidenhall Approach > Then a short walk along Halifax Road until you reach the garden.

Upcoming Activities & Events

Click on an event below to find out more details


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.