We held our seventh annual May Fayre event on Saturday at the Growing Together Westcliff community garden. The community event was the first community event for the Mayor of Southend-on-Sea, Cllr Derek Jarvis and the Mayoress Mrs Valerie Jarvis, who were inaugurated last Thursday.
In spite of rain during the day, more than 250 people attended the event, which included traditional maypole dancing, Morris dancing and folk music. The event made £1,000.
The Mayor launched Trust Links’s new heritage garden, which has been built over the last year at Growing Together Westcliff, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Southend 125 Fund. The heritage garden is a Victorian Potager style and includes stepover apple trees, traditional herbs and flowers planted by members and volunteers to be both functional and attractive.
The May Fayre was held at the Growing Together Westcliff garden, which is maintained by adults with mental health problems and learning disabilities. Members of the Growing Together project benefit from horticultural training, therapeutic activities and enjoy meeting people and making friends at the garden. The community garden is one acre large and includes vegetable growing area, plant sales, herbaceous border, wildlife area and herb garden. There are five chickens at the garden and members thoroughly enjoy caring for them.
Matt King, Chief Executive of Trust Links, said "Thank you so much to our members, volunteers, staff and supporters for helping to make the May Fayre such an excellent event this year. The community really came together and enjoyed touring the garden and joining in with the maypole dancing.”
Southend-on-Sea Mayor, Cllr Derek Jarvis, said "Growing Together clearly provides benefit to adults with mental health problems through therapeutic gardening and it is great to see so many people from the wider community enjoying the garden and the community event. It is lovely to see how the garden and the charity has developed so much over the years.”