Last Saturday, we opened our doors to over 200 guests for our popular annual May Fayre event and raised over £1,000!
Each year, we support over 1,000 people through therapeutic gardening, education and training, counselling and peer support, but last weekend we opened our community gardens to the public for maypole dancing, folk music, and an afternoon of fun!
Despite the intermittent hail, guests still gathered to enjoy the free event, with special appearances from local folk musicians, Slow Loris, and Keith Baxter who led the maypole dancing. Our event was supported by Essex Bees who brought an educational display along. Children were invited to learn more about beekeeping and the hives at Growing Together Westcliff, and honey produced on site was available to buy.
Guests also enjoyed home-made cakes, refreshments, and stalls, and asparagus, rhubarb, and seedlings grown at the community garden were very popular. Children enjoyed free seed planting and could make their own pine cone bird feeders with Trust Links volunteers, as well as face painting courtesy of a volunteer student from South Essex College Media Make-Up Course.
Matt King, Trust Links Chief Executive said "Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers and supporters, who helped make the May Fayre such a success once again this year. The event made more than £1,000 for the charity, enabling us to help more people with mental health problems and other disabilities in the local area.”
Growing Together Westcliff is just one of our community gardens and it is open to the public Monday to Friday from 9am – 4pm. We have a small sales hut and sell home-grown plants and vegetables and welcome the public to drop by and see what’s for sale.
For more information give us a call on 01702 213134 or visit www.trustlinks.org.