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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

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.