Chantry Park is the largest town park in Ipswich. It extends over 124 acres of parkland and wildlife areas on the western edge of town.
Chantry Park is open at all times and can be accessed via entrances at:
- London Road;
- Lavenham Road; and
- Hadleigh Road.
This is a lovely park all the year round.
- The park has two ponds, one in the woods and the other near to the Sue Ryder care home
- At the side entrance of the Sue Ryder home is a cafe.
- Cricket pavillion, bowls green and building where you can watch games in progress on a lazy summer evening.
- Lots of wildlife from squirells, foxes, deer, woodpeckers, owls, lots of rabbits.
- You can also feed the ducks on the pond .
- The park covers events such as cycling events,running club, cancer race for life and concerts.
- Lots of large trees to sit and enjoy a picnic under. Very clean and well looked after.
- Fantastic playpark with imported sand, great for all ages.
- You can take your dogs too.
- Plenty of walks and cycling routes.
Chantry Park facilities include:
- 2 children's play areas;
- Car park off London Road;
- Car park off Hadleigh Road (Sue Ryder entrance);
- Bowling green;
- Public toilets (adjacent main children’s play area);
- Home to Ipswich and East Suffolk Cricket Club;
- ActivLives ‘Chantry Walled Garden’ project;
- 5km parkrun.
Free to visit.
Chantry Park has played host to several large music events and is a base for several charity fun runs. The Wildlife and Education Rangers hold events such as nature walks, arts and crafts activities, storytelling and trails for children of all ages. The Friends of Chantry Park are working towards developing some smaller events working closely with ActivLives. ActivLives has an open day every Tuesday from 10am where visitors can purchase plants from the nursery.
The park was designated a Conservation Area in 2005 and contains a County Wildlife Site. The grounds around the ‘Chantry’ Mansion were laid out in an Italianate style and are on the English Heritage register of historic parks and gardens. Plans to restore many of the original features are progressing.
It has a variety of habitats including ponds, grassland, native and non-native plants, and woodland - including old and veteran trees. Chantry is noted for the large meadow adjacent to the Beechwater pond. There is a sizeable population of reptiles within the County Wildlife Site.
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