The Big DigThree communal growing spaces in Ipswich are taking part in this national initiative to get people involved in their local food-growing projects. They are: the People’s Community Garden and Transition Ipswich Community Orchard, on Maidenhall Allotments, and Chantry Walled Garden in Chantry Park.

At the People’s Community Garden we need to weed vegetable-growing areas, sow seeds, pot on and transplant young plants, as well as help maintain the wildflower meadows and edible harvest hedging around the Bee Garden. Over at Chantry Walled Garden, we need to create vegetable beds for our students to grow their own veg for the cottage kitchen, where they have their lunch.

“There will be a variety of tasks to do at the gardens, to match your preference and level of fitness, so don’t be put off if you are a beginner or are not up to hard digging,” said ActivGardens Development Officer Susannah Robirosa

It’s a really busy time of year, so we need all the help we can get – families with children and people of all ages are welcome to join in. And you might enjoy yourself so much that you join our team of regular volunteers.

For further information on the Big Dig, with a map and directions of how to get to the participating gardens in Ipswich, please visit

If you would like to get involved, or for further information, please contact Susannah on 01473 261112 or 07530 407302 or email On the day, please come dressed in suitable outdoor clothes and sturdy boots, and bring a packed lunch and water bottle. Fresh water to refill your bottles and hot drinks and will be available at both sites. Please use mobile number for directions if you get lost on the day. We will carry on whatever the weather.