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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.

Apologies if you came to our gardens on Saturday 22nd November expecting to see our Potato Day as advertised in the Evening Echo. Unfortunately this was an error by the Echo, our Potato Day is not until next February. However we do have an event this Saturday -

Come to our


Saturday 29th November

11am - 2pm

Sing-a-long carols

Christmas Activities & Crafts

Lunches, Drinks & Refreshments

Mince Pies

Plants and Gifts for sale

Raffle, Tombola

Meet Father Christmas

And much, much, more!


Gardening Against the Odds

We have been shortlisted for a national award and featured in the Sunday Telegraph! Please vote for The Growing Together Gardens via before 14 December.
Please tell all of your friends and family to vote for us too!


Growing Heritage Together

Love Blossoms in the Garden

Love has blossomed amongst the trees and vegetables at Trust Links Growing Together garden in Westcliff. Members Tracy Showell and Steve Turner tied the knot on Thursday 23rd October after meeting at the garden five years ago.
Following a ceremony at the Civic Centre in Southend, they celebrated their marriage in the garden with other members and volunteers of the charity.

This is the first wedding amongst its members and so it was only fitting that the venue for the reception was the very garden where Tracy and Steve met. Fellow members organised the catering and arranged the flowers for the happy couple who now look forward to growing together.

Our hens get more room to roam

Our new hens now have more space to rummage
after the construction of a large chicken run.
Built by our own volunteers it is satisfying to see them spread their wings!


Shoeburyness site latest

Growing Together Shoeburyness is barely recognisable with the graffiti art near the entrance designed and painted by the Dig It Youth group (meets on Mondays 4 pm – 6 pm), raised beds and decking built by Johnsons Control and excellent vegetable patches and herbaceous border tended by members and volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Women’s Only Group is proving very popular on a Wednesday afternoon (2 pm – 4pm) and to date the group have enjoyed yoga, flower arranging, BBQ, craft and sewing. Our school groups start again on Mondays (Friars Primary School) and Fridays (Shoeburyness High School) so the garden will be watered and tended and they will no doubt enjoy discovering the increasing biodiversity around the pond and observing the bees as they settle into their home with the two new hives provided by Essex Bees. Our Community Garden Days once a month on a Saturday have been busy, with a group of young carers attending the last one to build bug houses and a tepee from multicoloured wool! We are grateful to Shoebury Fair who designated us as their charity of the year and St Andrew’s Church for donating the proceeds of their Horticultural Show to Growing Together Shoeburyness. Do visit to see what’s changed!

Apple Day at the Orchard

Southend Apple Day at St Laurence Orchard was really successful, with 150 people attending, lots of activities and the sun was out most of the day! There were 50 different varieties of apples for people to taste, juicing, children’s craft and a good chance to explore the orchard.



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


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.


Registered Charity Number 1092324