The farm address is:
The Oak Tree Community Farm
Playford Lane (not the nearby, and larger, Playford Road)
Rushmere St. Andrew
The farm postcode alone will not get you to the farm.
And here are some written directions:
Travel by bike or car
If you travel out of Ipswich on Rushmere Road, which becomes The Street, Rushmere St Andrew, you will pass a duckpond with a village sign on your left hand side. Continue round a sharp bend to the right. There is a small Baptist church on the left hand side just after the bend. Take the turning into Playford Lane on the left hand side immediately after the Baptist church.
If travelling into Rushmere-St-Andrew towards Ipswich on The Street, Rushmere St Andrew, you will see a (different) duck pond. Turn into Playford Lane on the right just after the the pond, before the Baptist church and before the sharp bend in the road to the left.
Once in Playford Lane
Keep going for about 200 metres past the Baptist Church. Take care as the lane is single track and is sometimes muddy.
Look for the last group of terraced houses on the left hand side.
The Oak Tree Farm is the second gateway on the right hand side of Playford Lane opposite the last house. The farm gateway is just before the bungalow on the right hand side of Playford Lane.
We have very limited parking space, on the left hand side just inside the farm entrance, but if it is really muddy please do take care as it can get a bit boggy.
Out of consideration for our neighbours, please do not park in the Playford Lane, close to the farm, as there is only limited parking space available, much of which consists of private parking spaces.
We’re only three miles from the centre of Ipswich, so if you can, why not cycle? If you live in East Ipswich, Rushmere or Kesgrave we are even closer. We encourage (but don’t pressure!) people to cycle to the farm rather than drive as this can make a significant different to the carbon emissions that result from the farm’s activities. The Ipswich Cycle Map is a great guide to finding for quieter routes for cycling.
We drive to the farm sometimes, mostly to collect or deliver items, but where possible we use bikes with panniers or a trailer which can carry a suprising amount of stuff.
Travel by public transport
The closest mainline railway station is Ipswich, which is about four miles from the farm. Both “Ipswich Station” and “The Oak Tree Community Farm” are on Google Maps if you feel like walking or cycling.
The easiest bus service to farm is First Bus Route 66 service. The 66 departs from Ipswich Station itself and goes to the Old Cattle Market Bus Station in Ipswich town centre and then through the shopping streets and along Woodbridge Road to Linksfield Bus Stop which is about 20 minutes walk from the farm.
For Bus Times please check the latest information on the traveline East Anglia website. Go to the “Find Timetable” page, and enter “66” for the “Service number” and “Ipswich” for the “Location”. Or, you can Plan Your Journey and receive a detailed itinerary by typing in your start point (e.g. Ipswich Railway Station) and your destination: Rushmere St Andrew, Linksfield (bus stop).
The 66 bus does not go directly to the farm. There is a walk of about 20 minutes from the Linksfield bus stop. The roads are pleasant, and mostly in the countryside, and there are newly built pavements here too.
- When the bus reaches the outskirts skirts of Ipswich look out for the Rushmere Heath. You will see areas of heathland on both sides of the road.
- As soon as the houses start again, ring the bell, and get off at the “Linksfield” stop. Check with the driver, they are a pretty friendly bunch!
- Walk a short way in the direction in which the bus travels, and then turn left down Bent Lane.
- Walk along Bent Lane past the houses. The road turns a sharp left, past a post box and reaches a staggered crossroads. Turn right here and immediately left onto The Street Rushmere.
- Walk along past the houses until you see a duck pond on your right hand side.
- Shortly after the pond turn right into Playford Lane immediately before Rushmere Baptist Church.
- Walk up Playford Lane as far as the last group of terraced houses on the left hand side. The Oak Tree Farm is the second gateway on the right hand side of Playford Lane opposite the last house. The farm gateway is just before the bungalow on the right hand side of Playford Lane called “Jusalda”.
The farm’s mobile number is 07954 289 490.