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
Tue 2 September, 9:30am to Wed 3 September, 4:00pm
Orchard Barn, Far Ringshall, IP14 2LY [Map]
If you're interested in learning Traditional Carpentry and on a live renovation project, you'll love this course. Project: Making and hanging brace and ledge doors using locally sourced and milled boards, All students will gain an understanding of, and practice in: * Assessment and preparation of air-dried oak planks. * Use of a range of traditional hand tools - saws, chisels, planes. * How ...
Sat 6 September, 9:30am to 4:00pm
Orchard Barn, Far Ringshall, IP14 2LY [Map]
An introduction to carpentry for complete beginners. Learn about basic tools and practice using them while constructing your own sawhorse, and take home the knowledge to complete your own projects in the home and garden. With Tom Castell. Cost £59. Register your interest: P: 01473-658193 M: 077660-54042 E: sarah@orchardbarn.org.uk Website: http://www.orchardbarn.org.uk/Orchard_Barn_courses.htm
Sat 6 September, 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 ...
Sun 7 September, 7:00am
The Shelter, Southwold [Map]
Meet at Southwold shelter at 7am for seawatching or 9am for walk in search of migrants. Map Ref: TM510764. Leader Ashley Gooding. Tel. 01473 415651. Website: http://www.sogonline.org.uk/
Thu 11 September, 7:30pm
Sidegate Lane Primary School, IP4 4JD [Map]
With Adam Rowlands, Senior Sites Manager North Suffolk Coastal Reserves. Sponsored by A W Hart Builders. 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 September, 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
Sun 14 September, 8:30am
Orford Quay [Map]
Boats leave Orford Quay at 8.30am. Advance booking £8 (National Trust members £4). Max 24 people. Details from Chris Courtney 01473 423213 Website: http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/ipswich
Tue 16 September, 10:00am
Holywells Park, Ipswich [Map]
Holywells Park including Conservation Area. Meet at Stable Block off Cliff Lane TM176432. Leader Kathy Reynolds 01473 714839 Website: http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/ipswich
Wed 17 September, 7:30pm
St Margaret's Primary School, Bolton Lane, Ipswich [Map]
This talk by Leonie Washington will focus on the unique ecology of the animal, the likely reasons for its decline and what can be done to try to safeguard our remaining Suffolk hedgehogs. St Margaret's School Hall, Bolton Lane, Ipswich. Entrance £2.50. Details from Dave Munday 01473 217310 Website: http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org
Sat 20 September, 8:30am
Shingle Street [Map]
Meet at Coastguard Cottages at 8.30 am. (Long walk possible.) Map Ref: TM369431. Leader Steve Fryett. Tel. 01394 383413. Website: http://www.sogonline.org.uk/
Sat 20 September, 9:00am to 11:00am
Portal Woodlands, Martlesham [Map]
Meet at the Education Area. Booking essential, please Email naturewatch.pwcg@martlesham.org.uk Website: http://pwcg.onesuffolk.net/
Sat 20 September, 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/
Sat 20 September, 10:00am to 3:00pm
The People's Community Garden, Maidenhall Allotments, Halifax Road [Map]
Down at the People’s Community Garden we are preparing to take part in the Edible Gardens Open Day alongside many other community gardens across the nation (part of The Big Dig, a national community gardening initiative run by Sustain – the alliance for better food and farming). On Saturday 20th September 2014 we will be opening our gates to showcase our gardens, produce, and the the work ...
Sun 21 September, 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/
Mon 22 September, 9:30am to Wed 24 September, 4:00pm
Orchard Barn, Far Ringshall, IP14 2LY [Map]
Perfect for homeowners, builders, architects or surveyors, this 3-day course include talks, demonstrations, discussions, and some practical hands-on experience. You will learn from master craftspeople how to tackle basic timber frame, wattle and daub, lath and plaster, lime mortar repointing in brick and flint walls, and clay lump repairs. As well as how to tackle the issue of damp in a home. ...
Thu 25 September, 7:30pm
Holiday Inn, London Road, Ipswich, IP2 0UA [Map]
Nick Moran BTO. Sun, sand and scarce migrants! Nick spent five years living and birding in southern Arabia and will take us on a season-by season virtual tour of this fascinating region. Non-members welcome. Admission £2. Holiday Inn, London Road, Ipswich. Details from Phil Whittaker, oakbarn@hotmail.com Website: http://www.sogonline.org.uk/
Sat 27 September, 7:30am
Orford Quay [Map]
Orford Ness (National Trust) Meet at Orford Quay at 7.30am. Some places available to stay overnight on Saturday in self-catering dormitories. Current entrance fees will apply. Map Ref: TM425495. Leaders Steve Piotrowski and John Grant. For further details and to reserve your place, contact Gi Grieco Tel. 07814 137432. Website: http://www.sogonline.org.uk/
Sat 27 September, 6:00pm
52.029506,1.268802 (Bucklesham Village Hall, Levington Lane, Bucklesham [Map]
6pm for 6.30pm. AGM and members evening, Bucklesham Village Hall, Levington Lane Map Ref: TM24419 The AGM will be followed by light refreshments and members' slides. For more details www.suffolkbutterflies.org.uk Website: http://www.suffolkbutterflies.org.uk/
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
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, 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 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
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 ...
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 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 ...
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
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.
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
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 ...
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

ABBREVIATIONS

  • BBP - Belstead Brook Park
  • CSV - Community Service Volunteers
  • EPP - Environment Protection Panel
  • FoBBP - Friends of Belstead Brook Park
  • FoHP - Friends of Holywells Park
  • IDNHS - Ipswich & District Natural History Society
  • IOGG - Ipswich Organic Gardeners' Group
  • IWG - Ipswich Wildlife Group
  • LETS - Local Exchange & Trading System
  • MCG - Martlesham Conservation Group
  • PWCG - Portal Woodlands Conservation Group
  • RAG - River Action Group
  • SNS - Suffolk Naturalists' Society
  • SOG - Suffolk Ornithologists’ Group
  • SWT - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
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