Tenth Annual Seed Potato Day draws in over 200 visitors

Tenth Annual Seed Potato Day draws in over 200 visitors

Last weekend we hosted our 10th Annual Seed Potato Day, drawing in nearly 200 local people from across Southend.

Seed Potato Day takes place at Growing Together Westcliff  every year, in partnership with South East Essex Organic Gardeners who gathered over 50 varieties of seed potatoes for guests to buy and grow at home. The event was opened by special guest Matthew Oliver, Horticulturalist at RHS Hyde Hall, and The Mayor and Mayoress of Southend.

Stall holders included Southend in Transition, who facilitate a seed swap initiative, The National Allotment Society, Once Upon a Tree, and the Red Hot Stitchers. who all share Trust Links’ vision of strong communities and sustainable living through green initiatives.

Nirmal and the other volunteers from the EAWA

Nirmal Gupta MBE and volunteers from the South Essex Asian Women’s Association served a fantastic vegetarian Indian lunch for guests to enjoy, highlighting just how versatile and delicious the humble spud can be, and jacket potatoes were enjoyed by those with a more delicate palate.

The event raised over £790 to help further the charity’s work, and Matt King, Chief Executive, explained why events like this are so important. “At Trust Links we hold several events throughout the year to encourage our local community to come and enjoy our beautiful community gardens, and learn about the benefits of therapeutic gardening. We want Trust Links to be a familiar and enjoyable place for all the family so that accessing support feels easy and comfortable, and much less clinical.”

The Mayor and Mayoress of Southend with RHS Horticulturalist Matthew Oliver at Seed Potato Day

He continued, “As our with all our events, it is our volunteers, members and community partners that made Seed Potato Day such a success and we are so grateful. Without this support we couldn’t keep our events free and accessible to everyone, and it certainly wouldn’t have been the fantastic day that it was.”

If you didn’t make it along to Seed Potato Day on Sunday, don’t worry. Growing Together Westcliff is open to the public weekdays from 9am – 4pm and you’re welcome to pop by and visit our shop, enjoy the garden, and meet our friendly chickens! There is a limited selection of seed potatoes available at the shop, along with local honey and seedlings. For more information call 01702 213134.