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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.

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.

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.


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.

Six hens a laying?!

We recently welcomed six new arrivals to the gardens - the
ens pictured above in their hen-house
. Come and see them!




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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.


Registered Charity Number 1092324