Visit the ActivLives plant nursery this Spring

Visit the ActivLives plant nursery this Spring

Enjoy a Spring outing to ActivLives plant nursery in Chantry Park, Ipswich, on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am to 2pm.

Our dedicated team of staff and volunteers will be on hand to guide you safely round this community-run heritage site and help you pick something special for your garden or community green space from our wide range of perennials, bedding plants and annuals.

If you can’t visit us when we are open, you can order via our online plant catalogue www.activlives.org.uk/activgardens. Just download an order form and email over with your choices. We will then be in touch to arrange delivery.

In buying from us, you are supporting our charity, which helps local people build stronger, healthier communities and enables people of all ages and abilities to live full and active lives.

We do our bit for the environment too – growing varieties which are bee and butterfly-friendly to attract pollinators to your garden, and using environmentally friendly methods and peat-free compost. Customers can return our pots, trays and labels to us to use again to cut down plastic wastage (we only accept our pots, as other returns can become a waste issue for us).

All our plants are grown at ActivGardens as part of projects to nurture skills and build confidence.

  • For fresh produce and preserves and honey from our bees, please contact Beverly Baker at our Community Garden on Maidenhall Allotments beverly@activlives.org.uk
  • For more information on our projects and activities, and an update on how ActivLives projects are safely reopening, please click HERE
National Gardening Week at the People’s Community Garden

National Gardening Week at the People’s Community Garden

Last week was National Gardening Week and the team down at the People’s Community Garden were very busy (as they always are!), they had great fun planting tomato plants and celebrating the enjoyment, fun and relaxation that working in the gardens can bring.

The team took some photos of their work and have shared them here for everyone to take a look at. The pics below certainly show why getting down to the gardens is really beneficial and helps to boost creativity and wellbeing.

Cash 4 Charities… we need your help!

Cash 4 Charities… we need your help!

The East Anglian Daily Times and the Ipswich Star have set up a brand-new initiative called Cash 4 Charities. It’s a campaign created to support local charities that have been hit by the pandemic and ActivLives has signed up. There’s a chance for us to receive a share of £20,000 but we need your help!

Everyday from now until Saturday 3 July the newspaper will print a token and all you need to do is to cut it out and save it for when you next attend an ActivLives session and give it to whoever is running your class or session. If you have collected some tokens but aren’t attending any sessions then you can post them to the ActivLives offices.

Our address is:

Brightspace, 160 Hadleigh Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 0HH

The £20,000 donation money will be distributed amongst all the charities that have signed up to the scheme but the more tokens that we are able to collect means that we will receive a bigger share of the £20,000.

It’s a great way for you to support ActivLives over the next few months and to help us to continue delivering sports sessions, outreach work and gardening activities, so we’d like to say a huge thank you if you are able to collect the Cash 4 Charities tokens for us.

You can read more about the scheme on the East Anglian Daily Times website:

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/cash-for-charities-starts-eadt-and-ipswich-star-7922852

Community run plant nursery re-opens to public

Community run plant nursery re-opens to public

Enjoy a Spring outing to ActivLives plant nursery in Chantry Park, Ipswich, when we open to the public on Tuesday 30th March at 10am.  We have a wide range of perennials, Geranium and other plants on offer – with bedding and a new range of plants coming in soon.  Our dedicated team of staff and volunteers will be on hand to guide you safely round this community-run heritage site and help you pick something special for your garden or community green space.

If you can’t visit us when we are open – every Tuesday and Thursday 10am to 2pm – you can order via our online plant catalogue www.activlives.org.uk/activgardens.   Just download an order form and email over with your choices.  

We will then be in touch to arrange delivery.  In buying from us, you are supporting our charity, which helps local people build stronger, healthier communities and enables people of all ages and abilities to live full and active lives.

  • For more information on our projects and activities, and what we are doing to keep people connected during lockdown, please visit our website activlives.org.uk

We do our bit for the environment too – growing varieties which are bee and butterfly-friendly to attract pollinators to your garden, and using environmentally friendly methods and peat-free compost. Customers can return our pots, trays and labels to us to use again to cut down plastic wastage (we only accept our pots, as other returns can become a waste issue for us).

All our plants are grown at ActivGardens – Chantry Walled Garden, in Chantry Park and the People’s Community Garden, on Maidenhall Allotments – as part of projects to nurture skills and build confidence.

For more information, or to place on order, please contact Fundraising and Development Manager Susannah Robirosa  07530 407302 (Tuesdays and Thursdays only) or email susannah@activlives.org.uk.

 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.

 

Charity joins with local garden centre to help schools grow

Charity joins with local garden centre to help schools grow

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 beverly@activlives.org.uk if you’d like to join in.

For more information on ActivGardens services, please contact Fundraising and Development Manager Susannah Robirosa susannah@activlives.org.uk.  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.

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Mothers Day is Blooming…

Mothers Day is Blooming…

Brighten up your mum’s special day with a spring display from The Chantry Walled Garden

We have wonderful pots and bulbs guaranteed to put a smile on the face of your mum when they bloom.

The tulip, narcissus, hyacinth, Allium and grape hyacinth bulbs were kindly supplied by Thompson & Morgan – just across the park from us- in support of our charity. After flowering, the bulbs can be planted out in your garden for you to enjoy.

If you would like to order a pot, they cost £5, please get in touch with Susannah on 07530 407302 on Tuesdays or Thursdays or email susannah@activlives.org.ukWe can leave your order by our gate at an allotted time for you to safely collect