Help our local micro-dairy Calf at Foot

How fortunate we are to have Fiona and her contented, grass-fed Jersey herd so close to Ipswich. She’s worked so hard to make her vision for compassionate, sustainable dairy farming a reality. Another inspiring example of how people with passion can create successful small scale enterprises that give us alternatives to the “profit at any cost” approach of big businesses.

And now Fiona needs our help.

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Sustainability Cinema @ UCS

Dirt: The Movie

Screenings at 4.30pm and 7pm on Wednesday 5 March in the UCS Waterfront Building Auditorium

Following last month’s film about our oceans, the next in UCS’s series of sustainability-themed movies is Dirt! – The Movie.dirt_postcard_front_4x6

Made from the same elements as the stars, plants and animals, and us, dirt is very much alive. But when humans arrived 2 million years ago, everything changed. From that moment on, the fate of dirt and humans has been intimately linked.

The screenings are free, but please register by email.

The remaining films for this season are:

Weds 9th April: Consumed – explores the psychology behind consumer culture and where this could be leading us.

Thurs 1st May: Home – stunning imagery of the Earth from above, from Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

Tues 3rd June: In Transition 2.0 – how communities around the world are taking action to become more resilient and sustainable.

All films are screened twice, at 4.30pm and 7pm.

If you’d like to suggest future films for Sustainability Cinema at UCS, please let UCS know.

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Bank of England takes note of local money

Interesting article here from the Transition Network.

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Free screenings of Chasing Ice at UCS – 4.30pm and 7pm Thurs 5th Dec

Chasing Ice is a multi award winning documentary from the brilliant young filmmaker Jeff Orlowski. All welcome. Please register by emailing


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Join The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm Local Food Revolution!

The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm in Rushmere St Andrew, East Ipswich is now recruiting new members of its innovative Community Supported Agriculture Scheme for a vegetable box (and more if you choose) from June 2014.

A recent weekly vegetable share

A recent weekly vegetable share

Members are very much involved in producing their own vegetables, particularly at our friendly weekly Saturday working parties.

A working party tea break!

A working party tea break!

Members also have the opportunity to buy pastured eggs, free range pork, low carbon flowers and more!

Members can chose to order some low carbon flowers in their boxes alongside the veg!

Members can chose to order some low carbon flowers in their boxes alongside the veg!

Happy Oak Tree Piglets!

Happy Oak Tree Piglets!

To find out more, including how to join our Community Supported Agriculture scheme, visit The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm website.

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Tour of The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm 28th September 2013 2pm

webbannerGuided Farm Tour
2pm Saturday 28th September 2013
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Visit Suffolk’s First Community Supported Agriculture Farm!

Directions to the farm here, please cycle or walk if you can.

See Suffolk’s first Community Supported Agriculture Scheme in action, join us for a tour of our 12-acre farm which seeks to produce good food all year round, with the lowest possibly carbon emissions, as a viable business – and having a good time while doing so.


Free of charge, and all welcome! Vegetable beds, orchard, pigs, chickens, geese, wood fired clay oven, herb garden… and more! To find out more about the farm please take out virtual farm tour.


Please wear suitable clothing including sturdy footwear



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More News from the 30 Mile Food Challenge and from Orchard Barn

The Transition Ipswich 30 Mile Food Challenge gets off to a Flying Start!

Around 25 people enjoyed making and eating soup and focaccia at the People’s Community Garden on Sunday 1st September. You can read more about it at the website (link below).

The challenge runs for the whole of September and has a very full programme of events to enjoy. All details can be found on the There are local cookery sessions and foraging walks, farm visits and an organic gardening course in the beautiful setting of the Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm. Check the events page on the website for details!

Orchard Barn News

Orchard Barn has some great events and courses coming up. Here is a brief synopsis (from the website – check it for more details.)

“OBee Community Interest Company is delighted that Orchard Barn is part of Green Suffolk’s Heritage Open Days. Come and enjoy a guided tour of Orchard Barn on either 4pm Thursday 12th or 2pm on 14th September (2013). Please book via Suffolk County Council.

We’ll also be at the Green Party Fair on Saturday 14th September at the John Peel Centre and Felbrigg Green Build this Saturday. We’ve made the news recently. You might like to read the Green News – Ringshall and District or the August edition of Suffolk Magazine.”

Volunteering for OBee CIC
Do you have a spare 3-4 hours a week that you could commit to help support and develop the work that we do? We’re looking for a ‘Permaculture Ambassador’. Now we have Land Learning Centre approval from the Permaculture Association we would like to raise awareness of the way in which we are developing Orchard Barn along Permaculture design principles and invite more groups to learn about our low-impact, off-grid facilities.

We would also appreciate some help with PR and Marketing.

If either of these voluntary posts appeal to you (and they could be undertaken remotely with occasional visits to site) please contact or phone 01473-658193 to have an informal chat.


Image from The Suffolk Magazine, August 2013 edition.


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30 Mile Challenge – coming very soon! Check it out below:

Logo Transition Suffolk Challenge 2013

Come and participate in the Transition Suffolk 30-Mile Food Challenge which starts on 1st September and is running in many parts of Suffolk this year. It is happening throughout September 2013. The programme for Ipswich and nearby offers many ways to get involved and find new sources of local food and drink to enjoy.

See Transition Ipswich 30 Mile Challenge website for all the details of what it is and how it works. Read on below for selected highlights.

Woodbridge, Halesworth and Bungay and other Suffolk towns are also participating – nine towns in total are involved. You can find out more about the Woodbridge events here: Transition Woodbridge

Bread and soup-making at Community Garden Sun 1st Sept 10am-4pm – An invitation from Susannah at the People’s Community Garden:

“This launches Transition Ipswich 30-mile food challenge, when people are encouraged to only drink food produced within 30 miles of where they live throughout September.

Please come along to our sour dough bread-making event at the community garden on Sunday 1 September. This will be a great chance to look around the project, as well as try your hand at baking in a clay oven and picking produce for a gardener’s soup.”

More details from the programme: Rise to the Challenge: Come and help make and bake bread in the clay oven and make soup from fresh picked produce at the People’s Community Garden, Maidenhall Allotments, Halifax Road, Ipswich, IP2 8RE, 10am-4pm. £2 for food, or just visit the Garden for free. Pick your own veg also available, tel 07530 407302.

This is just the first of a full programmme of events.
You can also learn more by clicking this link: Events – Ipswich and nearby

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20th August Plant Sale at the Walled Garden in Chantry

Here are details of the plant sale coming up at the Chantry Walled garden:

End of summer plant sale at charity project

A huge range of plants will be on sale at ActivLives Chantry Walled Garden project on Tuesday 20 August, 10am until 3pm.
Shrubs and perennials will be on offer at the site in Chantry Park, Ipswich, at competitive prices.

It will also be a good chance to look around the garden and enjoy the borders in full bloom.

Parking for this event should be in the public car park, turning right at the top of the drive in front of the mansion, and right again into the car park. Please follow plant sale signs, turning right out of car park.

For further information, or for more details on access, please call ActivLives on 01473 261112.

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More upcoming events – Rob Hopkins, daubing, Activlives and more..

First there’s a talk to be given by Rob Hopkins, founder member of the Transition movement.

(Read on below for details of new events and happenings at The Chantry Walled Garden site run by Activlives and the People’s Community Garden team and workshops and volunteer sessions at Orchard Barn.)

Rob Hopkins event

This is an invitation to an evening with Rob Hopkins at The Green Britain Centre in Swaffham on Thursday 4th July at 7pm. Please feel free to send this invite and poster far and wide – we would like to welcome people from all over Norfolk to this important event.

Rob will be launching his new book “The Power of Doing Stuff” and engaging in a Q&A. We will also be building a picture of the stuff we are all doing in Norfolk so do come and help us fill in the maps! This is a really important opportunity for us to come together and think about how we can create a positive vision and transition for this great part of the world. If you are interested in helping out before the event, or on the night, please e-mail John Knock at

There will be refreshments available and this will be a great chance to meet other like-minded people from around Norfolk.

We hope to see you there!
Ben Margolis
[event being organised by Transition Swaffham, Transition Downham Market and Transition King's Lynn]


Activlives and the Chantry Garden: A message from Susannah -

Chantry Walled Garden plant nursery to open for sales
This beautiful garden will be opening its gates on Tuesday each week, 10am until 3pm, for members of the public to come and buy plants.
ActivLives staff and volunteers, together with students of Lapwing Suffolk, have worked hard in the garden all year to make the borders bloom and produce an extensive range of plants in the glasshouses.
The walled garden in Chantry Park, with a heritage dating back many centuries, is part of a horticultural project teaching skills to young people with complex barriers to learning.
All proceeds from sales will go back into supporting ActivLives charity, which is about building communities in disadvantaged areas of Ipswich.
Access to the walled garden is via the orchard gate, beyond the bowls pavilion and former rose garden. Nearest car park is off Hadleigh Road – turn right at the end of the drive, with the mansion in front of you. Please visit for further directions. For more information, please call 01473 261112.

Susannah Robirosa

Development Officer

01473 261112
07530 407302


Orchard Barn is still running volunteer sessions. I’ve now had a go myself at a spot of hazel splitting with a froe… there’s now daubing to be done in the next couple of weeks so if you are free on a Wednesday, take a look. Here’s the message from Sarah:

Dear All

We made GREAT progress yesterday with our daubing. So much so that we exceeded all expectations and completed daubing of the toolshed roof.

Just to let you know that there will be another fun project to get involved in next Wednesday. Now that the roof daubing team is in full daub, we are looking at tackling the wattle and daub on the lean-to roof at the back of the barn. This will involve some hazel cleaving and fitting as well as daub-making and fitting. Those of you with some experience of removing and re-laying Suffolk pantiles are also very welcome.

As usual, if you are planning to come and lend a hand (or foot) please let me know. I am especially keen to hear from those of you in the Ipswich area as there are 3 people who would like to come but need a lift.

Just a quick reminder that we will be at Ringshall Medieval Fete with our Working with the Wood workshop, so if you’d like to come and have a go, please drop in, or if you’ve got experience of greenwoodworking and would like to come and help others learn, your support is also welcome.

Whatever you’re doing, many best wishes for a grand weekend.

Working with the Wood workshop
Saturday 29th June at Ringshall Medieval Fete at Ringshall Village Hall,
and Saturday 6th July at Combs Fete
For more information about the Orchard Barn project and how you can get involved, please email or phone 01473-658193 / 07766-054042


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