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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









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You can see a selection of pictures from the Edward Foundation Bulldog Walk which took place on 9th October 2016 here


Park users have been delighted recently to see the return of Mabel the country's most famous owl.

Her return has even found its way into the pages of the East Anglian. Read their story here

SPILL Festival of Performance takes over Ipswich this October, with over 100 events spanning live performance, installation, gigs, film, discussions, parties and more. With all tickets £10 or £5, a range of amazing value passes and over a third of the festival completely free, it’s super easy to get involved.

Presenting at more locations across the town than ever before, we have exciting projects for Kids + Families and an expanded focus on Sound + Music. Our new Heritage + Place strand presents homegrown projects that celebrate Ipswich. We are excited to have three superb events taking place in Christchurch Park this year, with Soundhide, Kids in Charge: Messy Play for Toddlers and Disperse. Check out all of the events on our website for more details

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We are proposing to create an outdoor gym area in the Park in an area that is currently underused near the top entrance to Fonnereau Rd. Please can you fill in our survey attached so we can consider your views as park users.

Currently there is a lack of provision for those wishing to do sport and exercise in Christchurch Park. The proposal is to create an outdoor gym in a disused area as shown below, enabling new opportunities for people’s activities in Christchurch…

You can read Reg Snook's latest jottings here

The Ipswich Parkrun moves to Christchurch Park (from its usual Chantry home) this Saturday at 9am. The start is at the Mansion.


For more information visit the Parkrun website