The Edible Essex Project Manager visited Tendring District Council’s Neighbourhood Team in Jaywick early in 2012. Operating in England’s most deprived area, the Neighbourhood Team works to identify and facilitate the needs of the area. Teresa Watson, the Community Development Officer, had identified the need to establish a community growing area in Jaywick and through research and consultation with the local community, a resident volunteer group ‘Dig 4 Jaywick’ evolved.
A grassy area at the back of the offices on Lotus Way, directly behind the Brooklands estate, has since been used to establish the site. The group has gone from strength to strength and managed to attract support from various organisations, providing them with the opportunity to purchase necessary equipment needed for the project. Edible Essex paid for the much needed fencing around the site to keep it safe and secure.
Dig 4 Jaywick, held an open day event on Thursday 30th August, 2012, inviting members of the community to come along to see the ongoing development of the community garden and to find out how they could get involved.
Barry Shimell, Chair of the Dig 4 Jaywick Community Garden Group, said: “We wanted to raise the profile of the community garden in order to encourage more local people to get involved and to help us maintain and develop this fantastic garden so that it can be enjoyed for generations to come.”