We are preparing for our ninth annual ‘Apple Day’ taking place this Saturday at St Laurence Orchard in Southend. The historic Orchard was leased to soldiers from nearby Barracks in Shoeburyness almost 100 years ago and Trust Links are proud to manage the one-acre site on behalf of Southend-on-Sea Council. Our kind-hearted volunteers have been getting stuck in preparing the orchard for the event despite the dreary weather, and all of us at Trust Links are looking forward to what promises to be a fruitful day!
Matt King, Chief Executive of Trust Links, said: "We are really looking forward to welcoming people of all ages to Southend Apple Day this year. We know that being in the great outdoors and connecting with other people is good for people’s mental health and wellbeing, which is what Trust Links is all about. There will be something for everyone at Apple Day, with entertainment and refreshments as well as a chance to explore this important part of Southend’s history.”
Regular work parties supported by the South East Essex Conservation Volunteers are held throughout the year to preserve and replenish the orchard which boasts so much more than just apple trees! Growing alongside a variety of apples, you’ll also find greengages, pears, and berries too. Trust Links member Kevin enjoyed helping with the preparation this week, and he said he was looking forward to our Apple Day event this Saturday.
St Laurence Orchard is located on the corner of Eastwoodbury Lane and St Laurence Way, opposite St Laurence Park and will be open this Saturday from 11am - 2pm for a fabulous day for local families. Pop by and enjoy apple picking, juicing, children’s games, music, and a BBQ, and a tour of the orchard too!