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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.

Christchurch Park has for the eighth time been awarded a prestigious Green Flag. green flag award logoThe Green Flag Award is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the United Kingdom. The scheme was set up in 1996 to recognise and reward green spaces in England and Wales that met the laid down high standards. You can find out more about this important award scheme here.

An interview with Nicola for "The Angle". Get it herenicola.


IMG 4297 Crop1The sun shone and over 300 people turned out for Brass on the Grass last Sunday. Next Sunday sees the appearance of the Stowmarket Concert Band, so let's hope the weather is just as kind.