ActivLives launches online plant and produce sales!

ActivLives launches online plant and produce sales!

Our dedicated team of staff and volunteers at ActivGardens have been busy – and safely – tending plants and vegetables to keep you healthy and in good spirits during these difficult times.

While our community gardens are closed to the public, you can visit our website and browse our online catalogue before downloading an order form to send with your choices. We will then be in touch to arrange delivery.

  • Details of vegetable boxes will follow.


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 our members connected during lockdown, please visit our website


We do our bit for the environment too – growing varieties which are bee and butterfly-friendly to attract pollinators to your garden, and using peat-free compost. You can return your pots, trays and labels to us to use again to cut down plastic wastage (we only accept our pots, so please don’t return any others as it becomes a waste issue for us).

All our plants are rown 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. Please do come and visit when we are able to re-open.

For more information, please contact Fundraising and Development Manager Susannah Robirosa 07530 407302 or email

Autumn plant sale at charity walled garden

Autumn plant sale at charity walled garden

ActivLives are holding an autumn plant sale at:

Chantry Walled Garden, Chantry Park, Ipswich IP2 0BS

on Thursday 12th September 2019 from 10.30am to 2.30pm

There will be a selection of bee- and butterfly-friendly perennial plants on offer, with a chance to look around this lovely walled site.

Tea, coffee and cakes will be available at Nursery Cottage – so join us for a cuppa and chat to find out more about what we do.

We offer placements and volunteering opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. For more information, please contact Development Manager Susannah Robirosa 07530 407302 or email

Our current projects are:

  • Grow Your Skills – building confidence and skills in young people transitioning from school/ college into work
  • Carry On Gardening! – gardening activities for older people, including sessions for people living in residential care homes.

If you would like to book a bespoke visit or activity session, please contact
Project Co-ordinator Lesley Hartley via ActivLives office 01473 345350

For details of location and to find out more about our projects, please visit:

Charity walled garden project blooms for Easter

Charity walled garden project blooms for Easter

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.

Choose an arrangement, hanging basket or special plant, or pick out a tray of bedding or seedlings to bring your borders and pots alive to celebrate spring.

There will be teas and homemade cakes in at Nursery Cottage, courtesy of our volunteers, and a chance to see the progress we have made at this beautiful heritage site.

If you can’t make it on the day, please note we are open every Tuesday and Thursday, 9.00am to 3.00pm, for sales.

Our Carry on Gardening! project for older people continues to run at the site, as well as opportunities to volunteer and learn about horticulture. Visits, bespoke sessions and placements can be organised by arrangement.

Please do get in touch to find out more or refer someone to our project.

All proceeds from sales are reinvested in our work to enable people of all ages and abilities to get active, learn skills, and become connected in their community.

Access to Chantry Walled Garden is via the path around the outside of the walled garden – turning right from the visitors’ car park. Please call ActivLives in advance to arrange disabled access 01473 345350. See for details of our location with full instructions of how to find us.