Turn Over A New Leaf! Grow Your Future At Our Community Garden

If you are looking to learn new skills and gain confidence on your way to further opportunities in 2021, how about taking part in Grow Your Future, 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 and employment.

The 12-week scheme will include garden maintenance, horticulture and environmental conservation, with a chance to get involved in specialist activities such as woodworking or bee-keeping.

Grow Your Future is for anyone aged 16+ who is unemployed or economically inactive and provides opportunities for people who face barriers to work, such as a disability, health condition or caring responsibilities.

Please make an appointment to look around and sign up ASAP.

When?
You can opt to train on Mondays or Fridays. Your start date will be Monday 1 March or Friday 5 March, depending on which day you would like to attend.

Where?
The People’s Community Garden, Maidenhall Allotments, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE. Access is via the pedestrian gate on the laneway between Maidenhall Allotments and Bourne Vale Social Club, between Halifax and Wherstead Roads.

Getting There
There are various buses stop nearby. Ask for the Swansea Road or Montgomery Road stop. Or get off at Maidenhall Green, from where we are a short walk away. There is ample parking at the CRESS Pavilion on Halifax Road.

The programme is funded by the European Social Fund and the Education & Skills funding Agency and administered by LIFT Community Grants ‘Local Investment in Learning Paths to Work’.

To find out more or book an appointment, please contact Susannah on 07530 407302 or email [email protected] or call ActivLives office on 01473 345350.

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Watch this space!
We will soon be launching our new plant catalogue so you can spruce up your garden and fill up your hanging baskets and planting troughs with our lovely selection of perennials and bedding. These will be ready to plant out in late April/early May, just as the weather becomes more reliable and you get going in your garden or local green space again. We can bring plants to your door, or arrange to leave them in a safe place for you to pick up at Chantry Walled Garden. By buying from us, you support our charity!

Buy a bird box for the nesting season.
Get ready for the bird nesting season by purchasing one of our many different designs made by our ActivShedders. We have boxes especially made for wrens, robins, tits and sparrow terraces for these very sociable birds.

How about a bird-feeder or bird table to encourage birds to your garden and help them through these cold winter months?

It’s amazing what quick results you’ll get if you put out food regularly or provide a cosy nesting spot. Community garden has goodies galore. We still have honey in stock and our production line of jams and pickles continues. Meanwhile, there are greens a-plenty to help boost our immune systems.

If you’d like a homemade/grown package for yourself or as a wonderful surprise gift for someone, simply email Beverly to arrange pick up: [email protected]

Brighten up your mum’s special day with spring displays from Chantry Walled Garden

Our community-run nursery has pots of bulbs guaranteed to put a smile on the face of your mum when they flower.

The tulip, narcissus, hyacinth, allium and grape hyacinth were kindly supplied by Thompson & Morgan, our local horticultural company just across the park from us.

After flowering, the bulbs can be planted out in your garden for your family to enjoy year after year.

If you would like to order a pot, please get in touch with Susannah on 07530 407302 on Tuesdays or Thursdays or email [email protected]. We can leave your order by our gate at an allotted time for you to collect.

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