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20151114 10340620151114 122323The Friends volunteer work party last weekend was a great success.

10 people volunteered and were given a fascinating talk about traditional orchards and their management by Paul Read from  STOG, Suffolk Traditional Orchard Group. They also planted 20m of native hedge at the back of the orchard consisting of hawthorn, blackthorn and privet, which in a few years time will create a natural screen to the new 

Unfortunately, because of the exceptionally mild autumn  the orchard trees could not be pruned as they still had leaves on so were not fully dormant. The Friends will therefore be running a volunteer pruning  work party in January. Date to be confirmed.

As promised hereOutdoor classroom 1 is a link to Richard King's brilliant time lapse film of the construction of the outdoor classroom.


volunteer work party

Call for volunteers: pruning and planting work party Saturday 14th November. Call Emma Black on 01473 218071 for more info.

The summer 2015 newsletter is now available for download by clicking on this link. You can get the last six years' newsletters here. The Autumn 2015 newsletter will be posted/emailed to Friends members soon.

The new outdoor classroom is now complete. You can find it in the orchard, behind and to the left of the childrens' play area.Outdoor classroom 1

This is the outdoor classroom that is under construction in the orchard. Time lapse cameras are recording the entire process, and footage will be made available on YouTube. The builder is Magic Garden Sheds.

It's being built using traditional early medieval methods. At the rear there will be holes so the tree canopy below can be viewed.

The building should be finished in about three weeks depending on the weather. It has been funded through the Papworth Trust with a contribution by FoCP.

Christchurch Park's photo.

Do you think Christchurch Park is a great place? Then nominate us to win one of The Royal Town Planning Institute's coveted England's Great Places awards. You can read more about the awards, and make your nomination, here.

It will only take a couple of minutes, and the more nominations we get, the more likely we are to get on the shortlist.

Nominate now!

You can read the full article in the Star here

The ever-popular Christchurch Park twilight Bat Walks return on 5th and 12th September. Armed with bat-detectors, expert chiropterologists from the Suffolk Wildlife trust provide fascinating insights into the world of these mysterious mammals. Read about last year's bat walk here. Booking is essential as places are limited 01473 433980Bat Walks 2015 poster A4-1

The spectacular Ipswich Hospital Band, formed in 1976 and well-known for performances at the Suffolk Show and their traditional playing of carols around the wards at Ipswich Hospital on Christmas morning, thrilled a record-sized crowd in the Upper Arboretum last Sunday at the last of this season's Brass on the Grass concerts. At 4pm the head-count was 515, the highest ever attendance at Brass on the Grass and not easy to capture on camera as the majority sought shade under the trees with temperatures hitting the mid-eighties.