Trust Links


The Potting Shed and Shop at Growing Together Thundersley

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. Trust Links 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.

Trust Links Thundersley,
Kiln Road,
Benfleet SS7 1TF
(Behind Castle Point Borough Council)

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.

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A sheltered seating area, which uses a green roof and bug hotels at Growing Together Thundersley