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Trust Links is a local charity that aims to support people and build communities. Please explore our website and learn more about how a derelict piece of land in Southend-on-sea was transformed into a community garden and the services it now provides to the local population.

Cressing Temple Historic Garden &
Hanningfield Reservoir and
Wildlife Trust visit

We recently had an enjoyable day trip to Cressing Temple, an ancient medieval moated farmstead with a fascinating range of rural barns and artefacts, and two vast oak barns built during the 13th century for the Knights Templar. It also featured a 16th century garden which was of particular interest to many of our members.
We then travelled to Hanningfield reservoir for a brief visit to the wildlife trust where a number of us enjoyed a long walk through the welcome shade of the surrounding woodland, 
taking in the bird hides, ponds and views across the reservoir.

Afternoon Tea & Open Garden

Growing Together in Westcliff hosted an Afternoon Tea for 22 visitors on Wednesday 9th July, attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Southend.
The event was in aid of Southend Community Fund and supported us in its fundraising efforts.
Visitors enjoyed sandwiches made by our patron Jill Allen-King OBE and volunteers and members made cakes, scones and prepared strawberries. The event raised more than £300 for local charities.
The Afternoon Tea provided an opportunity for the visitors to tour the garden, which now has 6 chickens in addition to the beehives. The herbaceous border has just been completed and is looking stunning and the vegetables are very productive, with courgettes, chard, raspberries and beans in season
Trust Links provides social and therapeutic gardening for adults with mental health problems at the two Growing Together gardens in Westcliff and Shoeburyness. Trust Links also works with local schools, youth groups and is setting up a new Women’s Only group

Lions Sports day 2014

We once again entered a team in the Lions 7 a side football tournament, part of the annual Leigh Lions Disabled Sports Day, defending our crown. With five teams participating this year we had a great day and met a lot of old and new friends. Unfortunately our fortunes on the pitch were not as successful as last year - we were unable to score a goal! - and we finished bottom of the group.
(We're in good company - World Cup holders Spain have been knocked out of this year's competition in the first round)
Video available in Users section
Saturday 14th June at The King John School, Shipwrights Drive, Thundersley, Benfleet, SS7 1RQ


Six hens a laying?!

We recently welcomed six new arrivals to the gardens - the
ens pictured above in their hen-house

May Fayre 2014

The weather held off for a fantastic May Fayre on Saturday, making more than £400 for Trust Links. Growing Together was very busy with maypole dancing, local folk band Slow Loris, Elusive Dance doing an impressive range of street dancing, East Essex Smallholders Group brought a sheep and baby lamb, newborn chicks and produce for sale and our kitchen was busy with ploughmans lunches and cakes. Thank you to everybody that came along and supported the event!



Trust Links has won two awards in the Essex Countywide Business Awards 2014! Trust Links has won in both the Small Business of the Year and Environmental Awareness categories. This is fantastic recognition of the hard work of staff, volunteers, members and trustees, getting acclaim in an award scheme that looked at the competition across Essex.



The latest newsletter is available to view online to members - click on 'Users>Forums' tab


Shoeburyness site continues to grow

We have seen the growth and development of Shoeburyness over recent weeks. A company has donated a shipping container, so we can store tools and machinery securely. The two medium sized polytunnels have been enjoyed by butterflies and foxes! A huge pond has been dug, exposing builder’s sand in the base and providing material for landscaping.

Johnson Control (an American company with a base in Basildon) have funded and built pergolas around the circular path that was constructed by the Princes Trust group earlier in the Summer. RBS started a raised bed herb garden, which was completed by the group from Johnson Control. Many children and families enjoyed a programme on Fridays over the school summer holiday, having a go at den building, planting and harvesting vegetables and a range of creative activities – more than 60 attended in total. They particularly enjoyed the bouncy castles at the beginning and end of the programme. 

We have an excellent core group of members and volunteers attending on Tuesdays and two school groups on Fridays from Shoeburyness High School. If you know anybody that would benefit, do put them in touch so that we can potentially open more often!


Growing Together Shoeburyness launch film

Watch this short film of the launch of our new Growing Together Shoeburyness project on 26th March 2013


BBC Essex

Our Chief Exec Matt appears on BBC Essex radio:-


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Have you visited our shop?

 We have a shop selling produce & goods



Vegetables that we sell, fresh from our plot, this year include broad beans, beetroot, carrots, onions, garlic, potatoes, leeks, runner and French beans, courgettes, chard, spinach, tomatoes, cabbages, kale and broccoli.