News from ActivGardens
The team at the Chantry walled garden centre have been hard at work, preparing the planters that were to be erected in Ipswich high street. The team worked tirelessly to ensure these planters were planted to the required specifications, and are extremely proud of...
Why not pop on down to our Chantry Park Walled Garden Nursery to browse our fabulous range of plants and get your garden looking amazing this Summer! You can also order your plants online so why not take the time to browse our online catalogue for our bigger and...
At Belle Vue park we grow lots of different types of plants and shrubs and this creates a range of different habitats for many invertebrates. Our tall grasses have dense tussocky bases where beetles and spiders can survive over winter. We grow lots of flowers with...
A forctivLives is seeking a Session Leader for its thriving ActivSheds project in Ipswich. This position is suitable for someone with a passion for carpentry and construction, who enjoys working with people and passing on their skills. You will gain experience of...
JOB DESCRIPTION ActivLives, Ipswich IP2 0HH £12 per hour (approx. £9,380 per annum) 15 hours per week Fixed term contract for 12 months Required as soon as possible. Closing date: Midday Friday 29 April 2022 Interview date: Wednesday 11 May 2022 ActivLives is looking...
Julie Stokes ActivLives CEO was on the Mark Murphy BBC Radio Suffolk show this morning 16/3/22, as ActivLives was shortlisted for the High Sheriff Awards - East of England Co-op – Supporting the Isolated Award. ActivLives was shortlisted with two other amazing...
We are thrilled to be celebrating Spring and the launch of our bigger and better range of plants on Thursday 24 March, 10am to 2pm – just in time for Mother’s Day. Please come and pick up a pot of tulips, daffs for your mum or loved one and browse our new selection of...
ActivLives has just heard some brilliant news – we have been shortlisted for the Suffolk Community Foundation - High Sheriff Awards 2022. There were 130 nominations and we have been shortlisted with two other organisations for the East of England Coop – Supporting the...
Please note that the Health Walk planned for Monday 21 February in Christchurch Park has been cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions.
Every month our freelance worker Haidee will be writing a diary entry in her sustainability calendar. Haidee works for our gardens project in Sudbury and her diary entries give a great sense of what it's like to work there and the wildlife she encounters. This month...
On Friday 29 October 2021 at The People’s Community Garden will be open from 11am to 2pm for a fabulous Family Half Term Activity Day. Come and explore the garden, take part in fun and educational activities, celebrate our harvest of lovely produce and get closer to...
ActivLives supports World Mental Health Day. Sunday 10 October is the day that we are being asked to support the campaign to help raise awareness of the importance of mental health, for all of us. One of the initiatives this year is the ‘Big Mental Health Get...
ActivLives is looking to recruit keen gardeners who enjoy working alongside others to its core volunteer team. Where you’ll be working : The People’s Community Garden, Maidenhall Allotments and the CRESS Pavilion, Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 8RE. About ActivGardens...
Come along to Chantry Walled Garden, Chantry Park, Ipswich IP2 0BS on Thursday 14th October from 10am to 2pm for our end of season plant sale! There'll be the chance to pick up an Autumn bargains for your garden, so make sure to pop by and say hello, the team at the...
The Priority Services Register provides free practical support to a range of people who might need extra help due to varying factors including age, ill health or disability. This includes families with young children or those with caring responsibilities. The wide...
Post: ‘Grow Your Community’ Sudbury and Great Cornard Project Co-ordinator - Freelance Rate: £90 per day (7.5 hours) Hours: Total 7.5 hours per week. Hours can either be worked on one day or split into two half days - one of which should be Thursday morning....
ActivLives staff and volunteers were happy to receive a water bowser kindly donated by Sudbury in Bloom, to keep Belle Vue Park well-watered over the hot Summer months. It was fantastic to meet the Mayor Sue Ayres, who kindly attended the hand-over over the water...
We’re very happy to reveal that we've been chosen for Green Token Giving scheme at Asda Stoke Park. This amazing opportunity could be vital in helping us to continue our outreach and community work over the next few months. Voting is online and you can choose to give...
We'd like to say a huge thank you to Andrew Sturgeon at Lindsey Lodge Farm for donating 500 strawberry plants to the ActivGardens. It was a fantastic surprise and we've put the plants in our Chantry Walled Garden where we have enough space to store them. We've put our...
We were thrilled to be visited by the High Sheriff of Suffolk at our People's Community Garden, it was fantastic to welcome him on what was his first official visit as High Sheriff. He took a tour of the gardens and explored our poly tunnels, Cress pavilion,...
It's great to see that this year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘Nature’. Here at ActivLives we can see how our Community Garden Projects, the People’s Community Garden, Chantry Walled Garden and our Sudbury Project have helped our staff and volunteers to...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Brighten up your mum’s special day with a spring display from The Chantry Walled Garden
Stay Safe and ActiveWhat’s happening at ActivLives….. Although many of our services are still closed due to the 3rd lockdown we are still working very hard to keep people active and connected across Ipswich and East Suffolk. So, what’s occurring!!!! The ActivOut...
ActivGardens volunteers and trainees have been planting bulbs kindly donated by Thompson & Morgan.
In light of the UK lockdown, we unfortunately won't be bringing our usual bright and colourful newsletter to you this quarter.However, here's an electronic version with the added benefit of bigger photos!ActivGardensFestive Market a HUGE Success!Our team at the...
Christmas is not cancelled at ActivGardens! We are bringing our wonderful array of produce, crafts and gifts to you – but this year at the community garden so we can keep safe in the open air.
Mental Health is everyone’s business, especially now. Having good mental health, emotional health and well-being is as important as having good physical health.
In light of the UK lockdown, we unfortunately won't be bringing our usual bright and colourful newsletter to you this quarter.However, here's an electronic version with the added benefit of bigger photos!ActivGardensUpdates from the People's Community Garden - Beverly...
An ActivLives lockdown update from CEO Julie Stokes
If you are looking for a new direction – how about taking part in a FREE outdoor-based learning programme at ActivGardens?
‘Grow Your Future’ will enable you to learn new skills and gain confidence on your way to further opportunities.
Some of our ActivSingers got together at The People’s Community Garden last week to enjoy a socially distanced sing-along in the beautiful setting of our garden!
ActivGardens is launching a new learning and skills programme at the People’s Community Garden, Maidenhall Allotments, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE to inspire young people and help move them on to the world of work.
You may be wondering what recent changes have meant for our services and activities at ActivLives?
ActivLives is taking its plants and produce out to local people with the launch of online sales.
In light of the UK lockdown, we unfortunately won't be bringing our usual bright and colourful newsletter to you this quarter.However, here's an electronic version with the added benefit of bigger photos! We're hoping to bring you our next newsletter in July...
Integral work has been happening at our gardens to make sure our plants & produce stay healthy and alive! We have ensured that all of our staff and key volunteers are sticking to the Government guidelines by staying 2m apart, having staggered breaks, doing deep...
In light of the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, ActivLives is following strict government guidelines. Our main office at Brightspace closed on Monday 23rd March 2020, with all staff working remotely and continuing to do so until it is safe to...
Following the Government’s announcement last night (23 March 2020), ActivGardens and its projects and services will close until further notice.
All hubs to close until further notice amidst the Coronavirus outbreak.
If you are looking for a new direction now spring is springing – how about taking part in a free outdoor-based learning programme at ActivGardens? Starting May 2020
THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 . . . .Our first ActivGardens market of the year is combining with Easter-themed fun at the People’s Community Garden on Friday 17th April, 10am to 12.30pm, during school holidays.
ActivGardens are calling on those who love getting close to nature in the great outdoors to join us on a Monday afternoon for environmental conservation volunteering in our Wild Zone.
It’s on Thursday 23 January from 1pm to 3pm at the People’s Community Garden, Maidenhall Allotments, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE. There will be hot drinks and biccies, and a chance to look around the gardens and speak to members of our friendly team. OPEN DAY Agenda...
A project at our community garden to encourage women of all abilities to learn, share skills, and develop new opportunities.
A wonderful selection of crafts, plants, seasonal arrangements and produce will be on offer at our festive market, all made or grown at ActivGardens.
If you are looking for a new direction in 2020 – how about taking part in a free outdoor-based learning programme at ActivGardens, part of local charity ActivLives?
Our stalls will be bursting with freshly picked fruit, vegetables and plants grown at our community gardens as part of our produce market on Friday 11th October 2019, at the CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE, from 10am to 12.30pm.
ActivLives are holding an autumn plant sale at:
Chantry Walled Garden, Chantry Park, Ipswich IP2 0BS
“…No more working for a week or two. Fun and laughter on our summer holiday, no more worries for me or you, for a week or two!”
ActivGardens: ActivSheds Session Leader Closing date: Friday 17th May 2019 Interviews: Friday 24th May or by appointment Initially: Five sessions Mondays 10th June to 8th July inclusive 1pm to 4pm (clients to arrive around 1pm for lunch break and session to run...
Volunteers are pulling out all the stops in preparation for two special ActivGardens open garden events as part of St Elizabeth Hospice Great Garden Trail.
Give yourself a treat over Easter time and take a stroll across Chantry Park on Thursday 11th April, to enjoy the walled garden from 10.30am till 2.30pm.
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.