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Green showcase at Big Garden Party

Woods and all that thrive in them is the theme of ActivLives Big Garden Party on Saturday 22nd July from 11am to 3pm at the People’s Community Garden on Maidenhall Allotments, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE.

Children will be able to try their hand at archery and bushcraft, have their face painted as a woodland creature, and make a bird box to attract feathered friends to their garden or local woodland.

Bring along a teddy – or try to win one – pick up a picnic at the Pavilion café, and sit on the grass to listen to our headliner band – Honey and the Bear, or wander down the site to listen to a woodland tale with Bards Aloud.

On the honey theme, we will be running a tour of our community bee hives, and you can sample our latest crop, as well as find out how to get involved with community beekeeping or sponsoring a hive.

To get closer to nature, you can pond-dip with Ipswich Borough Council education rangers, learn about hedgehogs and how to help them thrive, and talk to Master Composters on the all-important subject of garden waste and keeping our soil healthy.

This annual showcase of gardening, growing and nature – and getting fit and healthy in the great outdoors – is also an opportunity to look around the gardens and wild areas, browse our range of good-quality plants, get ideas for your own garden or local green space, and try our delicious produce.

You can also find out about volunteering by talking to the staff and volunteers and make an ‘Over the Hedge Pledge’ to make a difference in this wonderful big garden in the heart of Ipswich!

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