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SEEOG July Poster


Talk at Growing Together Westcliff on Monday 18 July 2016 at 8pm.

See the July poster SEEOG for more information.

Open Day – Eastern Avenue Allotment Site

eastern ave allotment site

Monday May 2

10am – 4pm

Visit the facebook page for further information.

Trust Links Needs You!

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Trust Links Needs You!

Exciting news! Growing Together Shoeburyness is a finalist in the Big Lottery Fund and ITV’s People’s Projects competition. We need lots of votes!


Vote at https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/growing-together-shoeburyness. Please share this!

Growing Together Shoeburyness has entered the competition in order to win funding to improve the site and add reminiscence features, new safe paths and a children’s play area.

Growing Together Shoeburyness will feature on ITV Anglia News at 6pm on Friday 4th March. Please watch and see what a great site we have!

Growing Together Shoeburyness is a therapeutic community garden, which transforms people’s lives. Members gain skills, confidence and hope through training and therapeutic gardening. Through the project, Keith has been able to manage his mental health problems, achieve qualifications and move into work. Please help us help more people like Keith by voting for us! Visit www.trustlinks.org to see how our members are being helped.

Can you help us spread the word and get as many votes as possible? Please tell all your friends, family, staff and colleagues and encourage them to vote for us so we can improve and develop our project, which makes a difference to so many people’s lives.

Vote at https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/growing-together-shoeburyness or by post.

To vote by post, blank postcards need to be addressed to ‘FREEPOST The People’s Projects’ and include the voter’s name, address and telephone number as well as clearly stating that you are voting for ‘Growing Together Shoeburyness project’. Trust Links can supply you with a stock of blank postcards if you prefer this method for multiple votes for your organisation! (Please note, you are only allowed to vote once online or by post. Under 18s are allowed one vote each too.)

Voting is open until 13 March, so don’t delay, vote today!

Vote at: https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/growing-together-shoeburyness click on ‘Select This Project’, enter your details and verify the link once sent through to your email address.


Over the next fortnight we will be very active on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/trustLinksltd and Twitter https://twitter.com/TrustLinksLtd so please follow us and share!


Thank you for your support,

Matt King
Chief Executive

T: 01702 213134
E: chiefexec@trustlinks.org
W: www.trustlinks.org

 47 Fairfax Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9AG

Southend n Transition Community Allotment

The winter is getting closer and the nights are drawing in,  the Christmas ads! are in full swing and we are still working out our SiT community allotment idea.

New people join as along the way, with some meetings happening some not due to weather and circumstances but we have a vision to follow and are pulled towards it so no worries, we are staying on track.

We adjust to the circumstance, if the weather is good we will have a Word Day, if it is not encouraging we will have a Planning Day, sometimes more of one then the other. That is working with what is…

Sketch design by DuncanS

Just see the enthusiastic posts from our bloggers and you might have a think, shall I or not, pop around to meet up with them:)

Southend East Community Allotment – Southend in Transition and Organic Gardeners?

There are some free plots at the Southend East Allotment’s site and it looks like there is energy in our Transition circles to take on a plot and collectively work it. We are thinking of having a core group people working it once per week/month and the plot open then to local volunteers and the wider public as a productive, educational (permaculture, organics), inspirational and social space to learn about sustainable ways of growing, value of fresh food and just to be out in the fresh air together.

East Hale Allotments

It is at the stage of research (working with the organic gardeners, chatting with SEEWEN about their plot, public liability insurance, structure of the working group and the right processes to help run it smoothly etc etc.) but if you are interested to be in the working group or volunteering here and there or just wanted to visit when it is up and running let us know.

The initial plan:
Sunday 11 March -view and choose plot, time tba
March: Society marks out the plot for us
Advertising the plot through the newsletter and SIT website
Meeting of a core group to plan allotment
Contacting councilors to do the first dig etc
1 April:
Work day, digging as there are loads of brambles to dig out
Tool and seed appeal and collection, Freecycle, Coop Community Fund
Continued publicity to local residents
Regular weekly work days
2013: a community allotment in every allotment site, I can dream:)

Scrumping – do you know a lonely fruit tree?

Have you seen fruit or nuts lying around in yours, maybe the neighbours garden or in some public space? Apples, pears, plums etc just rotting on the ground while they could be gathered up and made into some delicacies by those who need them? Don’t have time to pick them up or there are just too many in your garden. Get in contact with us. We will gather up the fruit and leave you a fair share to enjoy:)

We don’t know yet what exactly we’ll do with them. Share your ideas. Maybe distribute the bounty among charitable projects or schools and nurseries promoting healthy eating?

Why waste if it can taste? Other succesfull Scrumping projects: London Sheffield Manchester Toronto Powell River Fruit Tree Project Portland Why waste if it can taste?


Add Southend’s fruit trees and food sources

Edible Garden Crawl

Don’t have an allotment but thinking about starting work on your back garden? What to grow and how? Do you want to see local back gardens in bloom full of veg and fruit? We want to!

Join us as we will go around local back gardens and see what is being grown there and how. Get inspired by the variety grown in small spaces with diverse methods maybe even on your own street. Ask questions and learn. If you want to help get in contact, open your garden to us or volunteer to help with the guided tours. Planned for summer. Map mind over here.

Women’s Environmental Network – film screening, community allotment, plan for 2009

Transition Town Westcliff is supporting local groups and projects leading our locality to a greater resilience. Check here about the community allotment and have a read below.

Christmas is behind us, we’ve welcomed the New Year, and our sights are now set on our WEN programme for the coming year.

We’ve started our Growing Your Own Food project at the Manchester Drive allotments, Leigh on Sea, so the main part of our first meeting for 2009 will be taken up with the showing of a dvd  ‘The Allotment’ which demonstrates the benefits and fun of growing your own organic fruit and veg alongside other members of your local community.  Even if you only have a small veggie patch you will be sure to find lots of useful tips.

We’ll also have a short ideas session starting at 7.30 pm because ….

  • We need to get cracking with planning our Earth Day 2009
  • We hope to have a ‘make your own cosmetics & toiletries’ evening soon
  • Will we be marking ‘Real Nappy Week’ this year?

If you’d like to be involved in planning any of our 2009 WEN events or if you just want to come along to hear about the allotment, to see the dvd (starting soon after 8 pm) and meet up with our local WEN group you will be very welcome.

We meet this coming Thursday, January 15th, at 7. 30 at Fresh Horizons, Ditton Court Road, Westcliff (very close to Westcliff Station) – look forward to seeing you there!

For more info contact Eileen 01268 752264 or Carol 01702 342148

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