Gallery: Hundreds turn out to celebrate anniversary of memorial garden

Volunteers and organisers at the Peoples Community Garden celebrate their birthday.

Volunteers and organisers at the Peoples Community Garden celebrate their birthday. - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people enjoyed a day of music and activities to celebrate the anniversary of a garden project which has provided opportunities for people across Ipswich.

The People’s Community Garden, in Halifax Road, first opened five years ago and since then has given people work experience and volunteering opportunities, as well as promoting healthy eating.

About 400 people turned out to celebrate the milestone on Saturday, with the event being deemed a huge success.

Susannah Robirosa, the garden’s development officer, said: “It was fantastic, the weather was absolutely beautiful so we had a wonderful turnout and it really felt like the garden had come of age.”

The garden is part of the ActivLives charity, which is supported by Ipswich Town FA Cup hero, Roger Osborne. Schools also use the garden, while courses including horticulture and botanical art are run from the facility.

Ipswich mayor Hamil Clarke was among the crowd at the event on Saturday and he paid tribute to the work it has enabled people in the area to do.

He added: “It hasn’t taken long for the small seeds planted then to have grown into something which is a real treasure for the community.”