The Big Dig is all about getting people involved in their local community garden.

We hold national events to promote edible gardens and encourage people to volunteer.

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Bringing to life some of the people and gardens that are part of the Big Dig.

Big Dig Day in Falkirk

Martineau Gardens
Martineau Gardens is a community garden located two miles from Birmingham city centre set over 2.5 acres. This film explores how the garden is is a model for improving public health and resilience in Birmingham, with particular focus on the impact of the garden and gardening on the mental health and well being of the people of Birmingham. The film documents the activities of Martineau Gardens (and other urban growing projects) with evidence from staff, volunteers and visitors who use the Gardens.

Grow Blackpool
Grow Blackpool helps local people get to grips with growing their own food.


Moss Side Community Allotment
Moss Side Community Allotment in Manchester is a small site of less than 1/4 acre, right in the middle of Moss Side's housing estates. Since they started in March 2012, the group of volunteers have transformed it from an area covered in head-high brambles to a vibrant garden. They have built raised-beds, planted fruit trees, put up a shed and laid out paving to create a community area. On Edible Gardens Open Day 53 local residents visited the site and enjoyed the barbeque and curried goat which the members had laid on. In this film of the day, some of those members share their enthusiasm for the garden and its importance to them.


Manchester Big Dig gardens
BBC staff made this film about some of the Manchester gardens as part of their outreach programme.

The why and how of allotments
Big Dig partner Harvest Brighton & Hove interviewed new allotment holders at the end of their first year to find out what it's really like. They asked:

What is it like to take on an allotment?

The benefits of having an allotment

Top tips for new allotment holders

They explain the time and commitment involved in taking on an allotment, to help others decide whether it's right for them.



The Big Dig

The Big Dig is a nationwide project which aims to get more people involved in community food-growing. The Big Dig is a project of Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming.

The Big Dig
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