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Floral planters return to Ipswich, but there’s a difference!

Those who have become fans of the All About Ipswich floral planters over the years will notice a difference this summer.

The wicker sculptures have been removed and the planters have been handed over to local school children to design and plant before they head out on to the town centre streets over the coming months.

Earlier this year, discount the selected schools were handed a number of bulbs to grow in their grounds. These have now blossomed and been transferred to the planters, anesthetist ready for the people of Ipswich and visitors to the town to enjoy.


Sophie Alexander, Operations Manager for Ipswich Central which co-ordinates the All About Ipswich planters on behalf of local businesses, said: “This year, a lot of school children will be coming in to the town centre to follow the Pigs Gone Wild trail so we thought we’d ask a few of them to help spruce up our popular planters so the town looked even more inviting for visitors.

“We were overwhelmed with the response and have had to increase the number of planters from seven to nine this year to accommodate all those who wanted to take part.

“They all worked really hard to get these ready and had a great time planting them up. I can’t wait for the children to see their planters out on the streets of the town centre.”


Children from Birchwood Primary School, Halifax Primary School, Handford Hall Primary School, Hillside Primary School, Sidegate Primary School (which designed two planters), St Joseph’s Prep School (which also designed two planters) and Whitehouse Primary School were invited to the Chantry Walled Gardens by Ipswich Borough Council earlier this month to create their planters with the flowers they had grown at school. They were also given a tour of the site by the gardeners and shown how the team looks after all the plants across the town.

The planters will be out on the streets of Ipswich town centre until the end of September and can be found in the following locations:

  • Princes Street, outside Chelsea Building Society – Birchwood Primary School
  • Carr Street, outside Argos – Halifax Primary School
  • Westgate Street, outside Monsoon – Handford Hall Primary School
  • St Peter’s Street, in front of the Cardinal Wolsey Statue – Hillside Primary School
  • Cox Lane, on the junction with Orwell Place – Sidegate Primary School, Year 1
  • Waterfront, outside UCS – Sidegate Primary School, Year 3
  • Tavern Street, outside Cotswold Outdoor – St Joseph’s Prep School
  • Fore Street – St Joseph’s Prep School
  • Butter Market, outside the Works – Whitehouse Primary School