We are delighted to have reopened face-to-face services and are maintaining our digital offer and engagement. Growing Together Thundersley is a COVID secure environment, with hand sanitiser available on site. We are welcoming members by invitation or appointment only at the moment. Please get in touch with our friendly team if you are interested in this project or have any questions.
At Thundersley, we’ve developed a vibrant therapeutic garden that is home to a bee colony, wildlife ponds, raised vegetable beds and so much more. Growing Together Thundersley was developed in partnership with agencies from the South East Essex Sustainability Group and with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Members’ Day at Thundersley is on Fridays from 9am to 4pm. We now have a potting shed, a produce shop, a log cabin, and our gardens are fully accessible. Through our Growing Together garden at Thundersley, we’re proud to provide social inclusion, mental health support, and employment opportunities to people in Castle Point and Canvey Island.
Growing Together Thundersley is also the home of the Community Shed, a workshop and peer support group primarily for men that runs on Mondays and Wednesdays, 8.30am to 3.30pm.
Environmental protection and Green Champions
Wildlife is at the core of our Thundersley site: we won a Defra Green Champions Award in November 2019 for our solitary bee habitats and environmental work. Solitary bees are “messy” pollinators which play a crucial role in the environment. With the Green Roof Company, we designed bespoke solitary bee habitats which we installed next to our native and non-native wildflowers. This has made Thundersley a haven for wildlife and an example of the positive impact we can all make for the environment. Without our solitary bees, there would be no therapeutic gardens – or tasty produce.