Community Garden for Wheelchair Users

29th May 2019

The North West Ipswich Community Garden has, thanks to NW Ipswich BLT, taken delivery of a Double Disabled Raised Bed suitable for 2 wheelchair users.

“We are well impressed with the disabled raised bed that we commissioned ActivSheds to make – it is bespoke so we had exactly what we wanted made to suit our wheelchair users. The wood used is very strong with metal underneath to strengthen the top surface. The raised bed is wide enough to have 2 electric wheelchair users underneath it at once side by side. Users can now plant their own seeds & tend to them at their special station having all the hand tools available including small watering cans”

Becca enjoying the winter sun

The build is superb as is the workmanship – the attention to detail and thought that has gone into it from ActivSheds volunteers is fantastic they truly are a very talented bunch.  The bed was made at Maidenhall Allotments where ActivSheds is based they had to dismantle it to transport it and put it back together when they delivered it.

 “ActivSheds have been brilliant they have adhered to everything we wanted and given us a couple of extra features that we hadn’t thought of – Becca & Sam our current electric wheelchair users both have a place to put their drinks and their phones away from all the dirt & mess.”

Janet Vinnicombe, Community Garden Project Manager

The NWIBLT Community Garden meets every Wednesday & Sunday from 10am – 12 Noon and is based within Castle Hill Allotments between Larchcroft Rd & Ashcroft Rd.

We welcome any new volunteers and visitors whether they have experience or not – the main idea for the garden is to help improve health & well being for our members so they make new friends, learn new skills, enjoy the fresh air and share in the produce. 

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer please contact Janet on 07851912765 or Tracey on 07739516384.