Wassailing is an ancient tradition. The word wassail means ‘good health’. Originally, wassail was a spicy drink made of mulled ale, apples and eggs. Wassailing began as a way to wake the trees in an orchard and scare away evil spirits, singing to the trees to ensure a good harvest for the coming year. St Laurence Orchard is an important area of bio-diversity. It is a last remaining piece of an old orchard and the extensive woodland that once covered this area of Essex. Trust Links received a Heritage Lottery Fund award which has allowed Trustlinks members and volunteers to work to protect and improve the orchard environment, tending the trees and encouraging the wildlife.