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Ipswich charity launches Garden for Older People

Ipswich charity launches Garden for Older People

Ipswich-based charity ActivLives is launching its Garden for Older People on Thursday 18th May, during Dementia Awareness Week.

The garden, at ActivLives Chantry Walled Garden, is the result of many hours hard work by volunteers of the project.

It is especially designed to enable older people who may be wheelchair-bound with conditions such as Dementia to get active in an outdoor community setting, with opportunities to have a chat with other local people, make friends, and share their skills and ideas.

Everyday ActivGardens Development Manager Susannah Robirosa said: “We are delighted to be launching this garden to enable older people to carry on gardening.

“It is also a beautiful garden for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy.”

Councillor Roger Fern, part of Ipswich Dementia Action Alliance to make Ipswich a Dementia friendly town, is expected to cut the ribbon at 12 noon, with volunteer designers and builders who have worked on the project.


There will be a chance to buy good quality shrubs, perennials and bedding plants, as well as garden-ready vegetable plants.

There will also be tea and homemade cakes so you can relax and enjoy this special garden.

The garden is in front of a heritage gardener’s cottage and comprises a large patio with pergola, sensory garden, wheelchair-accessible gardening bays, raised beds, and – still in the making – a pictorial meadow and wildlife-viewing platform.

ActivLives would like to acknowledge the following funders in helping create this garden, improving disabled access at Chantry Walled Garden, and funding our work with older people and people with Dementia and other neurological conditions:

  • Money raised by HealthIntend CIC through The Health Lottery
  • Tesco Bags of Help
  • Fonnereau Road Health Trust
  • RHS Elspeth Thompson Bursary
  • David & Jill Simpson Fund
  • Port Community Fund

For more information please contact: Development Manager Susannah Robirosa 01473 345350 Mobile 07530 407302 susannah@activlives.org.uk or visit www.activlives.org.uk/activgardens

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