Preparations are in full swing for our annual Wassailing event at St Laurence Orchard, which falls this year on Sunday the 19th of January.
St Laurence Orchard is located on the corner of Eastwoodbury Lane and St Laurence Way, beside the runway of Southend Airport.
St Laurence Orchard dates back to around 1920 when the land was leased to local soldiers returning from the First World War. Today, Trust Links are proud to preserve and manage the historic site on behalf of Southend Borough Council. The Orchard boasts a vast array of apple trees as well as greengages, plums and pears, and the charity hold this free event every January as a traditional way of "awakening" the trees for Spring.
Trust Links uses the Orchard's tranquil setting as a therapeutic space for people with mental health problems to retreat to, learn new skills, get active, and find solace away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and the charity rely heavily on support from the South Essex Conservation Volunteers who help to maintain the grounds.
Each year during this event Trust Links plant a new tree, to renew the historic orchard and bring old and new life together.
Matt King, Trust Links Chief Executive, said: "whilst Wassailing is an ancient folk custom to awaken the trees ahead of spring in the hope of a good harvest, it is also a really wonderful way to come together during the coldest time of the year and have fun in a beautiful outside space. We hope to once again welcome many along to our orchard to join in with the fun and enjoy folk music, warm spiced apple juice and home-made apple pie”.
Wassailing takes place at St Laurence Orchard in Southend from 2pm-3pm on Sunday 19thJanuary and is completely free. For more information visit http://www.trustlinks.org/eventsor call 01702 213134