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Christchurch Park is nominated for the "Fields in Trust" UK's best Park award. Please support our wonderful park and vote here:

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Discover Christchurch Park birds this spring. Limited places, booking essential via Reg Driver Centre telephone 01473 433980

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Privacy Notice

Friends of Christchurch Park was formed in 1998 with the following aims:

  • to secure the preservation, protection and improvement of the Park as a place of historic and ecological interest, beauty, tranquility, rest and recreation
  • to promote the conservation of the natural plant, animal and bird life in the Park
  • to encourage appropriate use of the Park through a range of activities
  • to educate the public in the history, natural history and other aspects of the Park

FoCP works closely with Park Management and local council to achieve these aims but no data is shared with these or any other organisation.

We recognise your data is important and as such we will process and store it safely and securely.

Data stored and processed to enable communication with you, our members and distribution of newsletter three times a year. The majority of this communication is either electronic or hand-delivered and the remainder is sent by Royal Mail.

Data is stored on an electronic database by our membership secretary/ Data Protection Officer on an individual computer.

Hard copies of this data are only produced to enable distribution of newsletters and any complimentary publications to members. It is not retained and is shredded after use.

No personal data is available via the FoCP website or wider Internet and therefore is not subject to Google analytics nor do we collect any information via electronic ‘cookies’.

We collect very basic demographic information about you which you supply to us on joining FoCP.

This enables us to distribute our newsletter to you 3 times per year; all other communication is via the website, social media and noticeboards within the park and does not involve any personal data at all

We do not share your data with any other individual or organisation outside FoCP and no one else has access to your personal information.

This Privacy Notice will be reviewed every 2 years (next review May 2020)

Please contact our Data Protection Officer/ Membership Secretary if you want to view, amend or delete your personal data at either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or FoCP, c/o The Reg Driver Visitor Centre, Christchurch Park, Bolton Lane, Ipswich IP4 2EE


Pipsqueak, the newsletter of our friends the Suffolk Bat Group has just been published and you can download a copy from their pages at the Suffolk Wildlife Trust website here.bat in bat brick. arthur rivett jpeg

The Suffolk Bat Group will be running our Bat walks on 2nd and 16th September. Book your place free of charge either in person at the Reg Driver Centre or by ringing 01473 433980. Early booking really is essential as these popular guided walks are invariably oversubscribed.

The Friends of Christchurch Park regret to report that the Outdoor Classroom in the orchard was completely destroyed by fire last night.  David Miller, Chairman of the Friends of Christchurch Park said “This valuable educational resource was built in 2015 by craftsman Richard King using traditional early medieval methods and was funded by the Papworth Trust and Friends of Christchurch Park.  We are shocked to hear this just a few days after the Park won its tenth consecutive Green Flag Award.  We suspect this to be an act of arson and are liaising with the appropriate authorities."

Christchurch Park and Ipswich Arboretum has just been awarded the national Green Flag Award for the tenth year in a row.

David Miller, the Chairman of the Friends of Christchurch Park said:

"This award is made by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy to recognise and reward the best parks and green spaces in the country."

"We are so fortunate to have a very good number of wonderful parks and open spaces in Ipswich. For Christchurch Park and Ipswich Arboretum to win this prestigious national award ten years in a row is an incredible achievement."

"I would like to thank everyone who has helped us achieve this remarkable landmark. We have a fabulous team of staff led by our Park Manager Nigel, plus Friends group members, volunteers and many local residents who are all passionate about our Park and Arboretum. Whether you have sponsored a tree or picked up a piece of litter you have all helped us to win this award so thank you all so much."

"My Committee has a number of exciting projects we are currently working on to support Nigel and his team to improve the visitor experience and make this place even more special."

"We would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate our close friends at Holywells who are today celebrating a magnificent seventh green flag."

Join Ali North, Ipswich Hedgehog Officer for a morning of mammal surveying at Christchurch Park.

Help detect small mammals like mice, voles and hedgehogs by learning how to check Longworth mammal traps and footprint monitoring tunnels. This may bring close encounters with mice, voles and shrews, and the opportunity to learn how to identify mammals by their footprints. You will also be able to find out more about our Ipswich Hedgehog Project, how you can become a Hedgehog Champion and how you can borrow our survey equipment to monitor wildlife in your Ipswich garden!

Places are limited - booking is essential!

Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear suitable footwear. Parking will not be available in the park for this event. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time, as we will need to leave promptly to start checking our traps. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information about action you can take to help hedgehogs, click here

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As part of regular ongoing tree inspections and essential tree, health and safety maintenance work, it has become necessary to carry out some, exceptionally major pruning works to some significant trees within Christchurch Park.
This work will include crown reduction and major dead wooding to Oak trees nos. 457 and 535 (see map) but most significantly of all the removal/felling of the large, mature horse chestnut no. 1044 to rear of the Cenotaph, and the felling of very tall Poplars nos. 730 and 731, North of the round pond. The remaining Lombardy poplar no. 728 will also be crown reduced, to prevent any branch failures due to newly gained exposure to prevailing winds.
It is anticipated that these works will begin early next week, continuing through to July.
It is with regret that Parks and Open spaces tree team are having to do this work, but it has now become essential due to the condition and deterioration of these trees, which are now considered to pose an unacceptable risk of branch or whole tree failure.

Steve leech Tree Inspector IBC parks and Open Spaces