Charity mission launched to help Ipswich’s Tree House Children’s Centre improve its garden offering

Ipswich mayor Sarah Barber at the Tree House Children's Centre with young Ava. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Ipswich mayor Sarah Barber at the Tree House Children's Centre with young Ava. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

Staff at a children’s centre in Ipswich are aspiring to start a charity in order to transform the large garden at the site into a space for the wider community to enjoy.

Ipswich mayor Sarah Barber at the Tree House Children's Centre with young Ava. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Ipswich mayor Sarah Barber at the Tree House Children's Centre with young Ava. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

The town’s mayor Sarah Barber visited the Tree House Children’s Centre in Clapgate Lane on Tuesday to hear about the plans and to meet some of the youngsters.

Emma Youngman, support and information officer, said the goal was to set up a Friends of the Tree House charity group, which will make it easier to bid for funding.

The green space at the centre is already used to grow fruit and vegetables and to teach the children about healthy eating, but Miss Youngman said staff wanted to develop this further and to also make it accessible for wheelchairs and buggies.

Miss Youngman said: “We are here to help families and are open to anyone and we want to be more involved in the community and get people using our facilities and the garden.

Ipswich mayor Sarah Barber at the Tree House Children's Centre with young Ava. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Ipswich mayor Sarah Barber at the Tree House Children's Centre with young Ava. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

“We are at the beginning stages of forming this charity and if anyone has any ideas or wants to get involved then get in touch.”

Anyone interested should email emma.youngman@suffolk.gov.uk or call 01473 322055.

Ipswich mayor Sarah Barber at the Tree House Children's Centre with young Ava. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Ipswich mayor Sarah Barber at the Tree House Children's Centre with young Ava. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown