Southend in Transition (SiT) Community Allotment Taster Day: Saturday 27 January, 10:00 -14:00

It’s all about the willow… Southend in Transition Community Allotment (entrance to allotments off Hamstel Road – Garon’s end – opposite fish and chips Plaice to Be) Where you can learn how to grow food, look after your garden, take fresh produce home, meet new people over a shared meal and exchange ideas on how to help the community thrive. Taster Days – Volunteers and public welcome Sat 27/01 10-14 Willow planting to get ready to make structures on the plot once grown (tunnels/domes etc). Also planting soft fruit shrubs. Emptying compost bins and the joys of getting muddy. 11:30 tea and short tour of the plots 13:00 lunch Sat 10/02 10-14 Compost bin management session 11:30 tea and short tour of the plots 13:00 lunch Come in anytime for a cup of tea! … [Read more…]

About the Blightwatch Service

Blightwatch is supplied by the Met Office who provide the weather data for the service and 101Smart Ltd who provide the IT services. Blightwatch is supported by The Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB Potatoes) and operates in conjunction with their ‘Fight Against Blight’ (FAB) service. It also relies on support from agro-industry sponsors. The Met Office and 101Smart Ltd have been working together to enhance the Blightwatch service for the 2017 season. A key part of these enhancements is the refresh of the website for both professional and amateur growers. The Blightwatch service is available to all users free of charge and you can register for the service by using their ‘Join Blightwatch’ section on the homepage by providing a name, email address and up to 10 postcode regions that you would like to receive alerts.   Traditionally the risk of potato blight infection has been based on the calculation of Smith Periods – a system that uses hourly temperature and relative humidity. Until now, as the Blightwatch service switches to the Hutton Criteria. For 2017, the Blightwatch service will be using the Hutton Criteria to calculate and report Blight outbreaks across the UK. Alerts will be generated and sent to users based on the new criteria or when there has been a confirmed FAB outbreak for your chosen postcodes. By using Met Office forecast data for thousands of forecast points across the UK, the Blightwatch service can now provide warning indications up to 24 hours ahead of potential Hutton Criteria. It is important to understand that these warning indications are based entirely on forecast data and are subject to change, but they are a useful ‘heads up’ of the conditions that are forecast for the next day. As with the previous Blightwatch service, the Blightwatch alerts do not constitute a recommendation to spray but will provide an earlier warning to aid management decisions around spray timing and intervals. While every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate, no liability can be accepted for any error or omission in the content or for any loss, damage or other accident arising from the use of the fungicides for the control of potato blight in individual crops. … [Read more…]


Monday 12 February, 13:30 – 15:30 Suitable for ages 4 – 10, £4 per child A fun workshop with SE Essex Organic Gardeners …. plant your own potatoes and make your own mini pizza garden to take home! Ensure children are dressed in old clothes as they may get mucky.  Please bring a large bag to take away items at the end.  Parental supervision required at all times.  Tickets must be booked and paid for in advance. Booked tickets will only be held for 3 days. Leigh Community Centre, 71/73 Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 1SP enquiries at 01702 477248 … [Read more…]

Wassailing in St Laurence Orchard: Sunday 28 January, 14:00 – 15:30

By popular demand, Trust Links are moving Wassailing to Sunday 28 January at 14:00-15:30 at St Laurence Orchard.   Come and wake the trees up for the Spring in historic St Laurence Orchard, located in Eastwoodbury Lane (at the junction with St. Laurence Way), Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6UY.   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.   For more information, please ring 01702 213 134. … [Read more…]