Peoples Community Garden

What is the People’s Community Garden Project? 

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.

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.

OPENING HOURS

Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am until 4pm

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

General Volunteering

ACTIVSHEDS

The ActivShed is a practical project for men who would like to share knowledge, learn new skills, and pursue hobbies and interests around carpentry, DIY and construction, while contributing to a great community project.

BEEKEEPING

This project is taking shape at the other end of Maidenhall Allotments to help keep bees buzzing and train up a new generation of bee-keepers.

We run beginner bee-keeping courses for people who would like get started and/ or join our Bee Team of community bee-keepers.

CRESS market & cafe

CRESS is a thriving community hub and informal learning centre, where we hold our monthly produce market and café, as well as training courses, workshops and other events. The CRESS Pavilion is available for hire by business and the local community.

APPLESEED SESSIONS

As part of the Opportunity Suffolk project, Appleseed Social Enterprise is running outdoor-based, friendly group sessions promoting good physical and mental health, social inclusion, recovery, personal empowerment, skills development, and routes to employment, training or job-searching. This project will be running until 2019.

Outdoor Learning

Young

Green Fingers 

An exciting outdoor learning centre for Schools and Colleges
We run special schools projects each year to encourage schoolchildren to get stuck in. The People’s Community Garden is a great learning environment and teachers can book a visit to bring Curriculum topics to life, or involve children in creative activities with natural materials.

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

Danny Thorington

ActivGardens Coordinator

I am delighted that in  April I was appointed as the Peoples Community Garden Coordinator within the ActivGardens Team and am enjoying every minute of it, working alongside such a brilliant team of staff, volunteers, groups, schools and businesses from across our community 

I have had a varied career beginning in the construction industry and then moving on to work within education at Suffolk New College, tutoring in construction and then moving across to their Special Educational Needs Department (SEND) for 12 years.  Inclusion became a real passion for me and I have volunteered in many roles across many inclusive community clubs for the past 13 years. This volunteering led to roles within community sports development with Suffolk Sport & Team Ipswich which led onto creating the ‘Discovery’ Project across 18 secondary schools, FE colleges and special schools across the county which was so rewarding and I thoroughly enjoyed for five years.

More recently I have been a St Elizabeth Hospice Partnership fundraiser and then transferring across to work with their young adults as their Inclusion & Transition Coordinator. 

Gardening, conservation and wildlife have always been a passion of mine, completing my City & Guilds Countryside Conservation & Management qualification and volunteering most weekends for various conservation groups in the ninety’s however in 2016/17 I was the Volunteer Officer for the Suffolk Coast & Heaths & Dedham Vale AONB’s & Stour Valley Project where I accumulated in excess of 500 hours practical skills experience which was amazing.  

Finally I urge anyone considering a career in landscapes, gardening, wildlife & conservation, or looking to improve their wellbeing, to don those wellies and volunteer for change with ActivGardens.

Lesley Hartley

ActivGardens 
Development Manager

Upcoming Activities

Click on an event below to find out more details

Location

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.

Donate

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.