Trust Links Press Release – ‘Growing Together Shoeburyness’ is flying the flag as one of the UK’s very best green spaces

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17 July 2017

Today, a record number of parks and green spaces collect Green Flag Award

The Growing Together Shoeburyness project, run by local mental health charity Trust Links, has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the country.

The garden is among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Community Award  – the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Growing Together Shoeburyness was launched in 2013, building on the success of Trust Links’ original site Growing Together Westcliff on Fairfax Drive.   Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and lots of other donations, the garden was created on waste land and has transformed the space.  It has been enhanced and developed over the past four years incorporating sustainable wooden buildings, polytunnels, vegetable plots, a large wildlife pond, community pets, a gazebo and specially designed sensory areas.  It is used by our members who have mental health problems for therapeutic gardening.  In addition local schools attend education programmes and courses are run for the local community.

Matt King, Trust Links CEO, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Community Award for the first time.  We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes in to developing and maintaining Growing Together Shoeburyness to such a high standard.  This flag is the reflection of the hard work and dedication of our staff, members and volunteers in Shoeburyness.  It also drives forward and supports one of our key objectives of building stronger communities and promoting sustainable and environmentally friendly living.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.

“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”

We will be hosting a flag raising open garden event for new prospective members on Tuesday 22 August.

Editor’s Notes

The Green Flag Awards Scheme ( is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department of Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the National Housing Federation.

Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. We campaign for quality parks and green spaces for everyone, inspire people to be litter-free, to waste less and to live more. We are run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/ Seaside Awards for beaches. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our programmes and campaigns visit

Any green space that is accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award.  Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status.  A Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Green Heritage Site accreditation is judged on the treatment of the site’s historic features and the standard of conservation.

Trust Links, is a local independent charity that aims to support people and build communities. Established in 2000, it is funded from a range of sources and welcome donations and partnership opportunities. Trust Links is committed to enabling people to work together to improve mental health and well-being and promote, support, inspire and cultivate wellness and sustainable living.

Trust Links, 47 Fairfax Drive, Westcliff-on-sea SS0 9AG



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