Green Living Centre
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What's On around Ipswich

If you know of an event in the Ipswich area relating to the environment or sustainability that's not currently in this list, please send details to info@greenlivingcentre.org.uk. Details of abbreviations can be found below.
Fresh local food: Join the Community-Supported Agriculture scheme at The Oak Tree Farm
September 2014
Sun 28 September, 11:00am to 3:00pm
RSPB Flatford Wildlife Garden, Flatford Road, East Bergholt [Map]
Join us for this most ‘applicious of free events’. Apple games for children, buy local non-sprayed fruit, bring your own apples to press, fruit identification, Q&A sessions and the Dedham Vale foragers will be along too. There will be guided tours of the National Trust vegetable garden behind the ancient Valley Farm house and the new edible garden behind Willy Lott’s house. This event ...
Tue 30 September, 9:30am to 4:00pm
Orchard Barn, Far Ringshall, IP14 2LY [Map]
This course will enable you to understand traditional carpentry joints, make an informed choice of timber, use authentic hand tools and undertake an analysis of repair strategy. The course is designed for homeowners, builders, architects, surveyors or anyone with an interest in learning how to preserve timber frame buildings. With Rick Lewis Intermediate to advanced level course delivered by ...

October 2014
Sat 4 October, 10:00am to 1:00pm
Bibb Way, Ipswich [Map]
A joint work party with Ipswich Wildlife Group and the River Action Group along Alderman Canal and the River Gipping, maintaining footpaths and making these splendid waterways areas to be proud of. First Saturday morning of each month. Meet at Bibb Way alongside Alderman Road recreation ground. More information from Ray Sidaway 01473 259104. Website: http://www.greenlivingcentre.org.uk/iwg
Sat 4 October, 10:00am to 3:00pm
Purdis Heath [Map]
Purdis Heath Work Parties are held on the 1st Saturday of the month. Start at 10.00 and usually finish by 3pm, though people can come and go as they wish. Tools, tea and coffee provided. Bring gloves if you have them and lunch if staying all day. For further details contact Helen Saunders (helens919@gmail.com). It is useful to know how many volunteers there are likely to be, so if you're p ...
Sat 4 October, 10:00am to 3:00pm
Jimmy's Farm, Pannington Hall Lane, Ipswich [Map]
A free, fun-filled day packed full of family-friendly activities including a children's treasure hunt, face painting, football skills, an outdoor cinema, 'Hope' from the Brainy Dogs project performing tricks, Yoga, massage, poetry, information stands and live music from the highly acclaimed Funky Voices Choir. ActivLives will be at this event: http://activlives.org.uk/activgardens/ For more ...
Thu 9 October, 7:30pm
Sidegate Lane Primary School, IP4 4JD [Map]
With David Lingard, UK LIPU Manager. Sponsored by Birketts Solicitors. Hosted by the RSPB local group at Sidegate Lane Primary School, Ipswich. Members £2 non-members £3. Details from Chris Courtney 01473 423213 Website: http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/ipswich
Thu 9 October, 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Friends Meeting House, 39 Fonnereau Road, Ipswich. IP1 3JH [Map]
NOTE CHANGE OF TIME & VENUE (just for this month). We will be joining Cycle Ipswich to help create a vision for cycling in Ipswich - see http://cycleipswich.wordpress.com/ When the Cycle Ipswich meeting finishes (around 9.30pm), we'll be heading over to The Dove Street Inn for a drink (76 St. Helens St, Ipswich. IP4 2LA; http://www.dovestreetinn.co.uk/) - if you can't make the Cycle Ipswich ...
Thu 9 October, 8:00pm to 11:00pm
76 St. Helens St, Ipswich, IP4 2LA [Map]
A chance for anyone interested in Environment issues to meet for a chat and a drink, and do a bit of networking. We're usually in the back room. Look out for the “Green Drinks” sign on the table. All welcome. We meet the second Thursday of each month, in The Dove Street Inn, 76 St. Helens St, Ipswich. IP4 2LA http://www.dovestreetinn.co.uk/ Contact: Steve Pritchard - 07724 004272
from the Transition Ipswich events programme
Sat 11 October, 7:30am
Corton Church [Map]
Meet at Corton Church. Map Ref: TM538980. Leader Gi Grieco. Tel. 07814 137432. Website: http://www.sogonline.org.uk/
Sat 11 October, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Holywells Park, Ipswich [Map]
If you're aged 6-12, you care about nature and the environment, and you want to explore your local wildlife, then come along to Ipswich Wildlife Watch. And bring your parents along too! Meet in front of the Stable Block, near the Cliff Lane entrance to the park. If you're interested in coming along or would like to find out more, contact Alex Stadler: wildlifewatchipswich@hotmail.com or 0771 ...
Sat 11 October, 10:00am to 1:00pm
Come and join the Friends of Belstead Brook Park (FoBBP) for a morning working in the fresh air in Belstead Brook Park (south-west Ipswich). For further details visit our website http://www.greenlivingcentre.org.uk/fobbp or email fobbp@greenlivingcentre.org.uk
Sat 11 October, 10:00am to 1:00pm
Westbourne Library, Sherrington Rd, Ipswich IP1 4HT [Map]
Joe Underwood (IBC Wildlife & Education Ranger) is going to be lead a conservation work party on Broom Hill Park that is adjacent to Westbourne Library from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 11th Oct. We are working with Joe to help promote the event which will be the first one on this park area. The task will involve coppicing trees (mostly Elm and Sycamore) to improve the woodland structure. Joe wil ...
Sat 11 October, 10:00am to 4:00pm
West Stow Anglo Saxon Village, West Stow [Map]
Presentations and demonstrations from Orchard Barn on the use of lime in conservation projects and traditional brick-laying. Try your hand at mixing mortars, pointing, laying bricks and sourcing flint. This workshop is part of a series of inspiring day schools in which you can learn how to look after heritage buildings through presentations, demonstrations and hands-on activities at West Stow ...
Sun 12 October, 10:30am to 2:30pm
The Apricot Centre for Sustainable Living, Lawford, Essex. CO11 2LY [Map]
Aldeburgh Food Festival fringe event. Lunch included £15 per head, family discounts on application. The Apricot centre is a small eco-venue just outside of Manningtree in an attractive 4-acre organic fruit garden. Our focus is upon providing courses on the general theme of Sustainable Living. The Apricot Centre is part of The Land Project,a demonstration farm for permaculture methods and re ...
Tue 14 October, 10:00am
Piper's Vale car park, Ipswich [Map]
Meet at car park at Vale entrance. TM178419. Leader Kathy Reynolds 01473 714839 Website: http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/ipswich
Wed 15 October, 7:30pm
St Margaret's Primary School, Bolton Lane, Ipswich [Map]
By Roger Hance. Accompanied by his own photos, Roger will concentrate on the often surprising small plants, fungi and animals found near the ground, in the places we often fail to notice - the undergrowth. St Margaret's School Hall, Bolton Lane, Ipswich. Entrance £2.50. Details from Dave Munday 01473 217310 Website: http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org
Sat 18 October, 9:00am
Felixstowe Ferry [Map]
Felixstowe Ferry, River Deben and North Felixstowe for Autumn birds. Meet at Ferry car park. 3 hours, 3 miles. TM328376. Leader Stephen Marginson 01473 258791. Website: http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/ipswich
Sat 18 October, 11:00am to 2:00pm
Holywells Park, Ipswich [Map]
Organised by the Friends of Holywells Park. Website: http://www.holywellspark.org.uk/
Sat 18 October, 11:00am to 2:30pm
Holywells Park, Ipswich [Map]
Come and enjoy the Orchard, apples galore, food and drinks - fun for all the family. Free event, all welcome. For more information contact fohpipswich@gmail.com Website: http://www.holywellspark.org.uk/
Sun 19 October, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Portal Woodlands, Martlesham [Map]
Meet at the Education Area. For details contact 01473 612632 Email pwcg@martlesham.org.uk Website: http://pwcg.onesuffolk.net/
Sun 19 October, 10:00am to 3:00pm
Thorington Hall [Map]
Learn all aspects of coppicing with experts within the Group, from its origins and purpose to the practicalities of processing into beanpoles. Thorington Hall Barn off Bobbits Lane - all members welcome. More details from Gerry Donlon 01473 726082. Website: http://www.greenlivingcentre.org.uk/iwg
Sun 26 October, 9:00am to 11:00am
Martlesham Heath Control Tower [Map]
Meet at the Martlesham Heath Control Tower. Booking essential, please email naturewatch.pwcg@martlesham.org.uk Website: http://pwcg.onesuffolk.net/
Wed 29 October, 4:00pm
Walled Garden, Chantry Park [Map]
Come along and see what has been going on the in the historic Walled Garden, wander around, buy a plant or two and have a drink and a piece of cake. At 5pm there will be a talk on the history of Chantry Mansion and Park. Or take a walk around the park with the Wildlife Rangers looking at the wild animals that live here. The Walled Garden is signed from the Sue Ryder car park. For details conta ...
Thu 30 October, 7:30pm
Holiday Inn, London Road, Ipswich, IP2 0UA [Map]
With Ed Keeble. What should prove to be an interesting account of birding in these far-flung exotic regions. Non-members welcome. Admission £2. Holiday Inn, London Road, Ipswich. Details from Phil Whittaker, oakbarn@hotmail.com Website: http://www.sogonline.org.uk/

November 2014
Sat 1 November, 8:00am
Landguard Bird Observatory [Map]
Meet at main car park, View Point Road, Felixstowe. Map Ref: TM284319. Leader Nigel Odin. For details contact Gi Grieco Tel. 07814 137432. Website: http://www.sogonline.org.uk/
Sat 1 November, 10:00am to 1:00pm
Bibb Way, Ipswich [Map]
A joint work party with Ipswich Wildlife Group and the River Action Group along Alderman Canal and the River Gipping, maintaining footpaths and making these splendid waterways areas to be proud of. First Saturday morning of each month. Meet at Bibb Way alongside Alderman Road recreation ground. More information from Ray Sidaway 01473 259104. Website: http://www.greenlivingcentre.org.uk/iwg
Sat 1 November, 10:00am to 3:00pm
Purdis Heath [Map]
Purdis Heath Work Parties are held on the 1st Saturday of the month. Start at 10.00 and usually finish by 3pm, though people can come and go as they wish. Tools, tea and coffee provided. Bring gloves if you have them and lunch if staying all day. For further details contact Helen Saunders (helens919@gmail.com). It is useful to know how many volunteers there are likely to be, so if you're p ...
Sat 8 November, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Holywells Park, Ipswich [Map]
If you're aged 6-12, you care about nature and the environment, and you want to explore your local wildlife, then come along to Ipswich Wildlife Watch. And bring your parents along too! Meet in front of the Stable Block, near the Cliff Lane entrance to the park. If you're interested in coming along or would like to find out more, contact Alex Stadler: wildlifewatchipswich@hotmail.com or 0771 ...
Sat 8 November, 10:00am to 1:00pm
Come and join the Friends of Belstead Brook Park (FoBBP) for a morning working in the fresh air in Belstead Brook Park (south-west Ipswich). For further details visit our website http://www.greenlivingcentre.org.uk/fobbp or email fobbp@greenlivingcentre.org.uk
Thu 13 November, 7:30pm
Sidegate Lane Primary School, IP4 4JD [Map]
With James Pearce-Higgins, BTO Principal Ecologist. Sponsored by Alder Carr Farm. Hosted by the RSPB local group at Sidegate Lane Primary School, Ipswich. Members £2 non-members £3. Details from Chris Courtney 01473 423213 Website: http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/ipswich
Thu 13 November, 8:00pm to 11:00pm
76 St. Helens St, Ipswich, IP4 2LA [Map]
A chance for anyone interested in Environment issues to meet for a chat and a drink, and do a bit of networking. We're usually in the back room. Look out for the “Green Drinks” sign on the table. All welcome. We meet the second Thursday of each month, in The Dove Street Inn, 76 St. Helens St, Ipswich. IP4 2LA http://www.dovestreetinn.co.uk/ Contact: Steve Pritchard - 07724 004272
Fri 14 November, 9:30am to Sat 15 November, 4:00pm
Orchard Barn, Far Ringshall, IP14 2LY [Map]
Very different to carpentry, greenwood work involves gentle shaping and shaving. Natural materials vary widely and there is always scope for creativity and expression in your projects. Everyone can learn the basic techniques and use the simple, traditional hand tools involved. These courses are intended for those with no previous skills or experience and help is at hand to ensure you complete ...
Sun 16 November, 10:00am to 3:30pm
Join Greenways, Friends of Belstead Brook Park and Ipswich Wildlife Group for a day of woodland management - coppicing, dead hedging, scrub clearing etc. Refreshments provided but bring a packed lunch. More details from Greenways 01473 433995, 07736 826076 on the day.
Sun 16 November, 10:30am to 1:00pm
Spring Wood - stepped entrance [Map]
Join Ipswich Wildlife Group and Friends of Belstead Brook Park for a morning of work in Spring Wood. Park in the Bobbits Lane car park. Meet at the stepped entrance to the wood in Bobbits Lane. Third Sunday morning of each month. Details from Gerry Donlon 01473 726082 Website: http://www.greenlivingcentre.org.uk/iwg
Tue 18 November, 10:00am
Bourne Park car park - Bourne Bridge entrance [Map]
Meet at Bourne Park car park (Bourne Bridge entrance) TM161419. Leader Kathy Reynolds 01473 714839 Website: http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/ipswich
Wed 19 November, 7:30pm
St Margaret's Primary School, Bolton Lane, Ipswich [Map]
By Mike Swindell. Mike insists that migration is only one of the uses of the data obtained by ringing. I'm sure he will reveal the others. St Margaret's School Hall, Bolton Lane, Ipswich. Entrance £2.50. Details from Dave Munday 01473 217310 Website: http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org
Sat 22 November, 9:00am to 11:00am
Portal Woodlands, Martlesham [Map]
Met at the Education Area. Booking essential, please Email naturewatch.pwcg@martlesham.org.uk Website: http://pwcg.onesuffolk.net/
Sat 22 November, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Portal Woodlands, Martlesham [Map]
Meet at the Education Area. For details contact 01473 612632 Email pwcg@martlesham.org.uk Website: http://pwcg.onesuffolk.net/
Thu 27 November, 7:30pm
Holiday Inn, London Road, Ipswich, IP2 0UA [Map]
Ashley Gooding. Non-members welcome. Admission £2. Holiday Inn, London Road, Ipswich. Details from Phil Whittaker, oakbarn@hotmail.com Website: http://www.sogonline.org.uk/

December 2014
Sat 6 December, 10:00am to 1:00pm
Bibb Way, Ipswich [Map]
A joint work party with Ipswich Wildlife Group and the River Action Group along Alderman Canal and the River Gipping, maintaining footpaths and making these splendid waterways areas to be proud of. First Saturday morning of each month. Meet at Bibb Way alongside Alderman Road recreation ground. More information from Ray Sidaway 01473 259104. Website: http://www.greenlivingcentre.org.uk/iwg
Sat 6 December, 10:00am to 3:00pm
Purdis Heath [Map]
Purdis Heath Work Parties are held on the 1st Saturday of the month. Start at 10.00 and usually finish by 3pm, though people can come and go as they wish. Tools, tea and coffee provided. Bring gloves if you have them and lunch if staying all day. For further details contact Helen Saunders (helens919@gmail.com). It is useful to know how many volunteers there are likely to be, so if you're p ...
Sun 7 December, 8:30am
Church Road car park near Wash Lane, Kessingland [Map]
Meet at Church Road car park, near Wash Lane, Kessingland (Long walk possible.) Map Ref: TM533862. Leader Ashley Gooding. Tel. 01473 415651. Website: http://www.sogonline.org.uk/
Sun 7 December, 10:00am
Banters Barn Farm car park, Boyton [Map]
Meet at Banters Barn, Boyton. 3 hours, 4 miles. TM387475. Leader Stephen Marginson 01473 258791. Website: http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/ipswich
Wed 10 December, 7:30pm
St Margaret's Primary School, Bolton Lane, Ipswich [Map]
By Robert Simper. We are delighted to welcome Robert once again, our local sailor and the author of many books on sailing craft and the East Anglian Coast. St Margaret's School Hall, Bolton Lane, Ipswich. Entrance £2.50. Details from Dave Munday 01473 217310 Website: http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org
Thu 11 December, 7:30pm
Sidegate Lane Primary School, IP4 4JD [Map]
With Tim Kenny, Group member, world traveller and birder extraordinaire. Sponsored by Ipswich Microwave Centre. Hosted by the RSPB local group at Sidegate Lane Primary School, Ipswich. Members £2 non-members £3. Details from Chris Courtney 01473 423213 Website: http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/ipswich
Thu 11 December, 8:00pm to 11:00pm
76 St. Helens St, Ipswich, IP4 2LA [Map]
A chance for anyone interested in Environment issues to meet for a chat and a drink, and do a bit of networking. We're usually in the back room. Look out for the “Green Drinks” sign on the table. All welcome. We meet the second Thursday of each month, in The Dove Street Inn, 76 St. Helens St, Ipswich. IP4 2LA http://www.dovestreetinn.co.uk/ Contact: Steve Pritchard - 07724 004272
Sat 13 December, 9:30am
Daisy's Walk car park, Rendlesham Forest [Map]
Meet at Daisy's Walk car park (Long walk possible.) Map Ref: TM350502. Leader Steve Fryett. Tel. 01394 383413. Website: http://www.sogonline.org.uk/
Sat 13 December, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Holywells Park, Ipswich [Map]
If you're aged 6-12, you care about nature and the environment, and you want to explore your local wildlife, then come along to Ipswich Wildlife Watch. And bring your parents along too! Meet in front of the Stable Block, near the Cliff Lane entrance to the park. If you're interested in coming along or would like to find out more, contact Alex Stadler: wildlifewatchipswich@hotmail.com or 0771 ...
Sat 13 December, 10:00am to 1:00pm
Come and join the Friends of Belstead Brook Park (FoBBP) for a morning working in the fresh air in Belstead Brook Park (south-west Ipswich). For further details visit our website http://www.greenlivingcentre.org.uk/fobbp or email fobbp@greenlivingcentre.org.uk
Sun 14 December, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Portal Woodlands, Martlesham [Map]
Meet at the Education Area. For details contact 01473 612632 Email pwcg@martlesham.org.uk Website: http://pwcg.onesuffolk.net/
Tue 16 December, 10:00am
Soane St Entrance, Christchurch Park, Ipswich [Map]
Meet at Soane Street entrance TM165448. Leader Kathy Reynolds 01473 714839 Website: http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/ipswich
Sun 21 December, 10:30am to 1:00pm
Spring Wood - stepped entrance [Map]
Join Ipswich Wildlife Group and Friends of Belstead Brook Park for a morning of work in Spring Wood. Park in the Bobbits Lane car park. Meet at the stepped entrance to the wood in Bobbits Lane. Third Sunday morning of each month. Details from Gerry Donlon 01473 726082 Website: http://www.greenlivingcentre.org.uk/iwg

January 2015
Sat 3 January, 10:00am to 1:00pm
Bibb Way, Ipswich [Map]
A joint work party with Ipswich Wildlife Group and the River Action Group along Alderman Canal and the River Gipping, maintaining footpaths and making these splendid waterways areas to be proud of. First Saturday morning of each month. Meet at Bibb Way alongside Alderman Road recreation ground. More information from Ray Sidaway 01473 259104. Website: http://www.greenlivingcentre.org.uk/iwg
Sat 3 January, 10:00am to 3:00pm
Purdis Heath [Map]
Purdis Heath Work Parties are held on the 1st Saturday of the month. Start at 10.00 and usually finish by 3pm, though people can come and go as they wish. Tools, tea and coffee provided. Bring gloves if you have them and lunch if staying all day. For further details contact Helen Saunders (helens919@gmail.com). It is useful to know how many volunteers there are likely to be, so if you're p ...
Thu 8 January, 8:00pm to 11:00pm
76 St. Helens St, Ipswich, IP4 2LA [Map]
A chance for anyone interested in Environment issues to meet for a chat and a drink, and do a bit of networking. We're usually in the back room. Look out for the “Green Drinks” sign on the table. All welcome. We meet the second Thursday of each month, in The Dove Street Inn, 76 St. Helens St, Ipswich. IP4 2LA http://www.dovestreetinn.co.uk/ Contact: Steve Pritchard - 07724 004272
Sat 10 January, 10:00am to 1:00pm
Come and join the Friends of Belstead Brook Park (FoBBP) for a morning working in the fresh air in Belstead Brook Park (south-west Ipswich). For further details visit our website http://www.greenlivingcentre.org.uk/fobbp or email fobbp@greenlivingcentre.org.uk
Sun 18 January, 10:30am to 1:00pm
Spring Wood - stepped entrance [Map]
Join Ipswich Wildlife Group and Friends of Belstead Brook Park for a morning of work in Spring Wood. Park in the Bobbits Lane car park. Meet at the stepped entrance to the wood in Bobbits Lane. Third Sunday morning of each month. Details from Gerry Donlon 01473 726082 Website: http://www.greenlivingcentre.org.uk/iwg

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