News from ActivGardens
ActivSheds is launching its fabulous new facilities on Friday 22nd March at the CRESS Pavilion!
ActivGardens Women’s Skills Exchange is offering two FREE workshops in the New Year for you to try something different!
Thompson & Morgan just donated 100s of packets of flower seeds to local charities, ActivLives and St Elizabeth Hospice.
A wonderful selection of crafts, plants, seasonal wreath and produce will be on offer at our festive market, all made or grown by participants of ActivGardens.
Lovely day meeting the Suffolk High Sheriff; George Vestey
We need your help – Vote for us by 20th November 2018, and help us get the Aviva Community Fund.
ActivGardens is running a series of fun workshops as part of its ‘Women’s Skills Exchange’ project to encourage women to learn about gardening, the environment, growing their own food, cooking from scratch and other skills.
Our stalls will be bursting with freshly picked fruit and vegetables grown at the community garden as part of our produce market on Friday 5th October, at the CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE, from 10am to 12.30pm.
Help us rebuild our ActivGardens bee apiary.
It was a trip down the rabbit hole for visitors at The People’s Community Garden – as guests took tea with the Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat.
Freshly picked local produce will be on offer at the community garden’s next market on Friday 8th June, at the CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE, from 10am to 12.30pm.
Volunteers are weeding borders, sweeping paths and making plants are in top condition for St Elizabeth Hospice Great Garden Trail, which ActivGardens are proudly taking part in for the first time.
ActivLives calls for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund for a project to help everyone buzzing about our bees!
Young people from Stoke High Ormiston Academy are donning their aprons ready to serve seasonal goodies and cakes they have made, at the People’s Community Garden’s plant and produce market on Friday (13th April).
As the growing season gets into full swing, come and visit the People’s Community Garden’s plant and produce market on Friday 13th April from 10am to 12.30pm at the CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE.
Suffolk-based charity ActivLives has been awarded a grant of almost £5,000 by Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England, to test the case for a community business in Sudbury.
ActivLives has been awarded a Power to Change Suffolk Seed Grant to test the viability of developing a Horticultural Services community business in Sudbury. The business will have clear social objectives and sell services that benefit the community, while providing worthwhile training and employment opportunities.
All applications must be received by Friday 6th April 2018.
ActivLives is launching a free drop-in gardening session for older people and their relatives or carers, including people living with Dementia and other conditions.
BEE sure to give it a read!
Young people from Chantry Academy will be cooking, baking and helping at the café at the People’s Community Garden’s first produce market of the year on Friday 16th March from 10am to 12.30pm at the CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE.
FUNDING BOOST FOR ActivLives People’s Community Garden
The People’s Community Garden has been named Groundwork’s community garden or greenspace winner at the inaugural Groundwork Community Awards, a ceremony designed to recognise and celebrate the work of local community heroes.
Grow Your Community – Sudbury is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
ActivGardens and its projects have been shortlisted for the Groundwork Community Awards in the category ‘Best community garden or green space’.
Goodgym running to help the local community.
Urban Buzz is an ambitious project aiming to create over 100 ’buzzing hotspots’ in and around Ipswich for our much loved bees and other pollinators, providing flowers, nesting and sheltering opportunities. With the help of local partners and various community groups over the next 20 months, we can help create a more vibrant buzzing town!
Over the weekend (18th-20th August), a festival called FolkEast took place at Glemham Hall (between Wickham Market & Saxmundham)….and we were there!
Goodgym is a community of runners that combine getting fit with doing good. We stop off on our runs to do physical tasks for community organisations and to support isolated older people with social visits and one-off tasks they can’t do on their own. It’s a great way to get fit, meet new people and do some good. As long as you’re up for getting sweaty, everyone’s welcome.
A wonderful array of fresh produce as well as plants to brighten up your garden will be on offer at our community market on Friday 15th September, at the CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE, from 10am to 12.30pm.
The CRESS Community Market, our monthly market, is returning once again!
A community scheme should see life brought back to the formerly award-winning flower beds at Belle Vue Park in Sudbury.
ActivLives Chantry Walled Garden is holding a Spring coffee morning and plant sale on Thursday 13 April 2017 from 10.30am until 3pm.
Do something different in 2017!
At the People’s Community Garden, Maidenhall Allotments, Halifax Road and Chantry Walled Garden, Chantry Park
The funding boost from Postcode Local Trust will enable ActivLives People’s Community Garden to create a wild learning project at ActivLives’ community garden.
Free seed potatoes are being offered to schools and community groups at the People’s Community Garden, courtesy of Ipswich Organic Gardeners.
We’re delighted to be a recipient of Tesco’s #BagsofHelp initiative. Please visit your local store and help make a difference in your community!
Pumpkins have been harvested, witches have been warned, potatoes have been dug and the face painter has packed an extra box of paints in preparation for the People’s Community Garden spooky Halloween event on Wednesday 28th October from 11-2pm.
Edible Gardens event along with the Biggest Sunflower Competition.
ActivGardens has launched a project to encourage people to get out into the great outdoors to improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing, learn new skills, meet new friends, and feel part of their community.
An interview with Jo Whittle, CRESS Project Co-ordinator.
Edible Gardens Harvest Festival at The People’s Community Garden- Sunflowers, Clay Oven Baking and some Tricky Questions!
The People’s Community Garden will celebrate its autumn bounty with a series of events on Saturday 19 September.
The People’s Community Garden celebrates its 7th Annual Event with some reptilian fun!
We are also marking ‘Year of the Sunflower’ so come and see how tall ours have grown this year…
Please note there will be no market in July as we will be busy preparing for our BIG GARDEN PARTY ON SATURDAY 25 JULY – PLEASE COME ALONG AND INVITE ALL YOUR FRIENDS!
Sunflowers are the theme for ActivLives’ grand community event at the People’s Community Garden on Maidenhall Allotments on Saturday 25 July.
Community Garden spring greens tempted visitors at our first market at the recently launched Pavilion on Halifax Road on Friday 17 April.
If you are looking for a fine crop of spuds this year, look no further as down at the People’s Community Garden we have all the seed potatoes you can carry!
Thursday 11 December – 11am till 2pm
Halloween celebrations at the community garden attracted more people than ever before, with local families turning out in the sunshine to enjoy this creative green space, right on their doorstep.
In May of this year the People’s Community Garden were approached by Samantha Lee from the RSPB about working in partnership on a project called Operation Turtle Dove.
Earlier this year, over 7,000 community groups were nominated across England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and Channel Islands. 1,400 causes in 350 communities were then shortlisted for the Community Fund award.
Four local causes in every area will be awarded funding depending on the number of votes they receive.
The group with the most votes will get £3,000, the next £2,000, £1,000 and finally, £500.
ActivLives have been short listed for this Community Fund award.
The Big Garden Party was bigger and better than ever before, including the weather. The sun shone constantly on a throng of people, enjoying a huge range of entertainment and activities, on our central theme of bees, bugs and butterflies.
More than 300 children got a taste of gardening when they made “cress heads” with ActivGardens at the Suffolk Show.
ActivGardens is celebrating after winning funding from the European Union to offer a second round of free training placements at its two urban garden sites.
. . . Then please come to Chantry Walled Garden plant sale on Tuesday 27 May, 10am till 3pm!
Preparation for our annual garden event is coming along!
The sun shone on enthusiastic visitors to the ‘Have a Go Gardening’ event at the People’s Community Garden.
ActivHives is pleased to announce a brand new partnership with Ipswich and East Suffolk Bee Keeping Association.
ActivGardens is proud to be partnering up with a new growing project, Incredible Edible Ipswich.
Free seed potatoes are available to community projects and schools at the People’s Community Garden, on Maidenhall Allotments.
Chantry Walled Garden students teamed up with Ipswich Borough Council rangers to build lizard hibernacula in Chantry Park in January.
Abellio Greater Anglia’s Ipswich station is looking blooming lovely thanks to a partnershipnbetween local charity ActivLives, Ipswich Borough Council and the local train operator.
“Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday thepeoplescommunitygarden……happy birthday to you!!”
This beautiful garden will be opening its gates on Tuesday each week, 10am until 3pm, for members of the public to come and buy plants.
The Botanical Art course at the community garden turned out to be a great success, despite a windy start which blew down a tent. After the participants decamped to the polytunnel, things settled down, and tutor Sara Harrington delivered a fantastic two-day course for her Ipswich Institute pupils on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 June.
“We were amazed how many people turned up….It was tipping it down all day!”
It’s that time of year again – But this time…it’s the gardens 5th birthday!
The Big Dig Day – the biggest ever community gardening day. Pull on your boots and roll up your sleeves to take part in the biggest ever community gardening day on Saturday 16 March.