News from ActivGardens

Women’s Skills Exchange FREE workshops

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.

Spring is springing at community market

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.

Grow Your Future Survey

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.

Urban Buzz Ipswich

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!

Festival Growers!

Over the weekend (18th-20th August), a festival called FolkEast took place at Glemham Hall (between Wickham Market & Saxmundham)….and we were there!

Goodgym Ipswich Launch

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.

Halloween is best ever!

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.

Lloyds Bank Community Fund

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.

Toe-tapping fun at Big Garden Party

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.

Teaming up for bees

ActivHives is pleased to announce a brand new partnership with Ipswich and East Suffolk Bee Keeping Association.

Spuds galore!

Free seed potatoes are available to community projects and schools at the People’s Community Garden, on Maidenhall Allotments.

Help for lizards

Chantry Walled Garden students teamed up with Ipswich Borough Council rangers to build lizard hibernacula in Chantry Park in January.

Garden is a picture

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.

The Big Dig

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.