Community garden opens its gates

IPSWICH'S People's Community Garden welcomed visitors both young and old for a strawberry tea celebration to coincide with the Ip-art festival.

IPSWICH'S People's Community Garden welcomed visitors both young and old for a strawberry tea celebration to coincide with the Ip-art festival.

The event at Maidenhall Allotments, in Halifax Road, began a joint arts project called Lost and Found, between the community garden, Suffolk Artlink and the Town Hall Galleries.

Poet Michael Laskey read a specially commissioned poem based on recordings of the memories of older allotment holders and gardeners.

Mr Laskey worked with members of Ipswich Blind Society Men's Group and local allotment holders to surface memories of wasteland, gardens and allotments for the poem.

Meanwhile, artist James Fletcher worked with year five and six pupils from Halifax Primary School to create their own fictional artefacts at the community garden.

The Lost and Found project aims to retrieve stories and objects, both real and imagined, from the allotments, wastelands and gardens of Ipswich.

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The project includes the artwork by Halifax Primary pupils and a map of the People's Community Garden designed by Zina Karkasina which leads people around the garden, highlighting the sites where the objects can be found.

For more information on The People's Community Garden visit the Town and Bridge website at www.townandbridge.org.uk/garden or call Susannah Robirosa on 01473 261112.

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