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.
The sun was shining on Saturday as the South East Essex Organic Gardeners (SEEOG) and Trust Links teamed up for a very successful seed potato day. Allotment holders and garden enthusiasts came to Growing Together in Westcliff to purchase their seed potatoes and onion sets. They also enjoyed the lunches, raffle and potato printing. Trust Links made more than £300 and SEEOG sold more than £500 worth of seed potatoes. There are still some seed potatoes for sale at Growing Together on the corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase, which is open Mondays to Fridays at 9 am to 4 pm.
Trust Links is a winner in Southend Business Awards for the second year running! This year, we have won in the Community Category, judged and sponsored by South Essex Homes. This is a testament to everybody’s hard work as we make a positive impact on so many people’s lives across Southend.
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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!
Watch this short film of the launch of our new Growing Together Shoeburyness project on 26th March 2013
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.