Plant Nursery

A great place to learn industry skills, growing and tending plants – all while supporting a charity!

Plant Nursery at Chantry Walled Garden

Our plant nursery has a wide selection of perennials and bedding, at competitive prices.

Our friendly team of volunteers will be on hand to offer help and advice.

Our plants are carefully chosen to make your garden or local green space as beautiful and as nature-friendly as possible, attracting bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects. We grow in peat-free compost and you can return all your pots and trays for us to reuse – reducing plastic waste.

Our nursery is tended by local people who want to support our charity, together with placements and learners on our various courses and projects, who want to gain experience of working in a nursery setting, and gain industry skills.

By supporting us you are helping people to gain skills and confidence, improve their health and well-being, make friends and connect into their community.

Chantry Walled Garden

A beautiful heritage walled garden and plant nursery, open to the public. Here, we offer volunteering and work experience opportunities, and have a garden especially designed for people with disabilities to carry on gardening!


Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am to 2pm

Access  – Please use orchard gate, leading to boardwalk and wrought iron gate into the walled garden. This access is suitable for wheelchair users.

Parking – nearest car park is opposite mansion (Sue Ryder Care residential home) – from Hadleigh Road, turn right at top of Chantry Park main entrance and right again into car park.

From the car park, walk to your right and continue straight, past bowls club on left and long border on right, to our orchard gate leading to accessible boardwalk (about 7 minutes’ walk). Please DO NOT use IBC entrance.

Please see map and full directions here Chantry Walled Garden | Ipswich | Our ActivGardens plant nursery (

Our friendly team will be ready with wheelbarrows to help you ferry plants back to your car.

If you need to park closer to the site, or to pick up large orders, you can use IBC access road –this is just past main Chantry Park entrance on Hadleigh Road on left hand side (if you are driving towards A1071 from town). Park in parking bays outside Nursery Cottage, bumper outwards.

Please phone Ian on 07599 951060 to arrange.


Our plants are available online. Please find catalogue and order form here:

Or you can either phone or email Ian on 07599 951060 / on Tuesdays or Thursdays to place your order.

We can deliver to you or you can arrange to pick up.

The People's Community Garden

Donate to ActivLives HERE

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.


Call us on: 01473 345350


We’re located at:

Brightspace, 160 Hadleigh Road,

Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 0HH



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