The First Community Farm in Essex

Help Create the First Community Owned Farm Business in Essex! Lauriston Farm, on the Blackwater Estuary in Essex, is doing something very different to embrace farm succession and secure the long term viability of the small, family owned biodynamic farm. It has created a Charitable Community Benefit Society to allow a community owned business to be formed and is embracing a five year business plan called The Lauriston Social Farming Initiative. You can become a shareholder in this new co-operative, not for profit business and connect directly with a vibrant, conservation orientated farm serving the local community. Pledges for shares are going well – 60% of our initial £20,000 target has been reached.  Now, by Saturday April 8th, we need to sell the remaining 40% to guarantee tripled match funding from Just Growth and the delivery of the five year business plan. 8,000 shares are available, each costing £1 – the minimum pledge is £100 (£50 concessionary) and the maximum £7,500. The outcomes from your pledge are detailed on our website. All our plans are detailed on our website but do contact us with any questions – no funds are drawn down until the share offer closes and we have contacted you with our exact position.  With love from all at Lauriston.   … [Read more…]

Four months’ free membership if you join by the end of February!

Four months’ free membership!  If you join by the end of February, your membership will last until 30th June next year, plus entry into free prize draw for £20 gift voucher. We meet six times a year in January, March, May, July, September and November at The Cheryl Centre, GrowingTogether Westcliff, 47 Fairfax Drive, Southend-on-Sea SS0 9AG (corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase) from 19:00. Single Membership is £8 per annum. Family Membership is £12 per annum and includes members of one family living at the same address. Plus visit to local organic garden or allotment! For further details, please contact Carole Shorney: or download our membership application form, here. … [Read more…]

South East Essex Seed Swap, alongside Potato Day

Saturday 25 February 10:00 – 14:00   Growing Together Westcliff, 47 Fairfax Drive, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 9AG (corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase)   Bring your seeds! Swap, sell or donate! Get surprised by new and old varieties! Preserve diversity!   Questions? Call Kamil 07411 457 259!   Admission FREE ! Delicious refreshments and much more! … [Read more…]

Wassailing at St Laurence Orchard: Sunday 5 February, 13:30 – 15:00

Doing our ‘bit’ to help Trust Links, where we hold our meetings and events….. Come and wake the trees up for the Spring at the historic St Laurence Orchard, located on the corner of Eastwoodbury Lane and St Laurence Way, Southend-on-Sea. Sample the spiced apple juice, join in the traditional folk music and celebrate the new year in style! Free entry Donations to local charity Trust Links welcome. Trust Links manage St Laurence Orchard throughout the year for the benefit of wildlife and local people. … [Read more…]