Fifty people turned up to walk around Christchurch Park as the sun rose on Saturday morning, listening and watching the Park wake up.
They then went to the Woolpack pub for a delicious free breakfast.
Thank you very much to the Woolpack for their generosity and support of Friends of Christchurch Park
Opportunity to buy tickets for half price to the Open Air Cinema showing of The Great Gatsby on 5th July. If the link doesnt work just retry via groupon.
Come and Play table tennis on our smart new tables adjacent to the upper bowling green just South of the Westerfield Rd entrance.
There is an honesty box with bats and balls or you can borrow them with a £5 deposit from the kiosk or of course bring your own and all your friends for a game of round the world.
Christchurch Park opens at 7.00am every day.
All other parks open at 7.30am Monday - Saturday and 9.00am on Sundays.
Closing times vary according to the season.
The closing times in the table below apply only to Christchurch Park and Holywells Park. All other Parks and toilets are locked 45 minutes before sunset.
A whistle is blown when locking time commences so please make your way to the nearest exit.
Please note that the Arboretum gates at Christchurch Park are locked 15 minutes before all other gates.
B.S.T. Begins 30th March 2014
B.S.T. Ends 26th October 2014
The following dates for the main park events over the summer/Autumn 2014 have been announced:
Saturday 17th May 11:00-16:00 - Observing the sun safely www.oasi.org.uk by the Reg Driver Centre
Sunday 18th May 11:00-16:00 - Observing the sun safely www.oasi.org.uk by the Reg Driver Centre
Wednesday 2nd July - Pantaloons 7.30pm History of Britain on Christchurch Mansion Lawn
Saturday 5th July - Open Air Cinema
Sunday 6th July - Music Day
Saturday 12th July - Global Rhythms
Sunday 13th July - Mela
Brass on the Grass Concerts
Sunday 20th July - Martlesham Brass
Sunday 27th July - Ipswich Community Wind Band
Sunday 3rd August - The Colchester Band
Sunday 10th August - Ipswich Hospital Band
The Rangers Wildlife Events in Christchurch Park ring 01473 433994 to book:
Friday 25th July - 10am-3pm Creature Feature - get up close to the snakes and lizards in the Park and learn to make your garden reptile friendly
Friday 29th August - 12am-4pm Gardens for Wildlife - discover our amazing wildlife and learn how your garden can be a valuable corridor for animals. Build a hog house, bug hotel or Stag Beetle pyramid.
Sunday 21st September - Ipswich Half Marathon
Saturday 19th October - Big Fun Run
Saturday 1st November - Scouts Fireworks
Sunday 9th November - Remembrance Day.
Reg Snook's latest book, "Portrait of an Owl: My tales of Mabel
and other owls" was launched at a well-attended meeting of The Friends of Christchurch Park at the Reg Driver Centre on 22nd November. The book is the second in what many of us hope will be a long series of books about the wildlife of our favourite park. Reg's first book, Portrait of a Park: A year with the wildlife of Christchurch Park, was published in time for Christmas 2011 and is now in its third edition, and Reg's latest book is similarly enhanced by his paintings and illustrations.
You can buy the book locally, from Waterstones, WH Smiths, the Tourist Information Office and the Reg Driver Centre (price: £7.50). The book is also available from Amazon, with order fulfilment being provided by Landers Bookshop, Long Melford.
On Thursday 6 September the Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Mary Blake opened the new butterfly garden in Christchurch Park.
This garden is a real example of teamwork. The Friends have long promoted the idea of a butterfly garden in the Park but it only became reality through partnership with members of the "Green Team" from Ipswich School who designed the garden and carried out much of the building work (under the watchful eyes of the Park's gardeners) and the Papworth Trust who do so much for the Park.
The result is a stunning sensory garden that looked spectacular in the blazing sunshine at the opening.
The Park was graced not only with the presence of the Mayor, the Headmaster of Ipswich School and many representatives of the Green Team, the Papworth Trust and Park staff but also no fewer than six species of butterfly.
Pictured here is a comma feasting on one of the newly-planted buddleias. Do take a chance to view the garden which can be found at the north end of the Wilderness Pond.
Dog fouling crack down – Council patrols will target offenders!
Ipswich Borough Council recently released this press release which followed on from meetings with FoCP representatives and others:
"Every month approximately 5 tonnes of dog waste is collected from dog waste bins. That’s really good and we thank all those good people who are doing the right thing and clearing up after their dogs. Sadly not everyone is clearing up after their dog and there are still too many piles of dog mess left on the parks and streets. This is so lazy and irresponsible. Little children can accidentally step into it or even worse fall onto it. It can also get stuck into tyres on bicycles, baby buggies and wheelchairs and is very difficult and unpleasant to clean up. Dog waste can transmit bacteria and viruses including, tapeworm, roundworm, E. Coli, Parvo and more.
Highly trained staff within IBC which include Park Patrol Officers, Litter Enforcement Officer and Community Caretakers have joined forces and will be taking a tough line on those not clearing up dog fouling and dropping litter. The team are patrolling the parks, streets and Highways of Ipswich and will issue offenders with a fixed penalty notice for £50. There are very few permissible excuses for not clearing up after your dog and the team operate a zero tolerance policy, no messing!
We need your help too, if you spot an offender in your street [or in the Park], let us know and give us a description of the offender, both owner and dog, the times the route is walked and we will arrange a patrol. See it, report it to Park and Open Spaces tel 01473 432132 or online through the IBC website under "report it".
Bag it, tie it and bin it - this may mean taking it home to your domestic bin and not throwing it on the ground or up a tree when you leave the Park if no bins on your chosen route. Don’t leave it behind for others to tread in or it will cost you!"