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.

Big Dig Day 2014

Big Dig Day 2014 again brought out tens of hundreds of people to their community gardens.

150 gardens were involved over the weekend of 22nd March 2014 and 1,400 volunteers took part.

Many thanks to everyone that made the day such a success.Below is some of the feedback from the day. You can find more photos from the day here.

‘We were delighted with the turnout for the Big Dig Day at the Midsummer Common Community Orchard, and the weather was kind. We saw a number of new faces from the local community and everyone started digging with great commitment. As a result we have six new wildflower and vegetable beds cleared of grass and weeds. The children particularly enjoyed scattering the seeds and treading them in. We had a tent with refreshments- the nettle soup was delicious-and the ukelele band, The Misspent Ukes got us off to a lively start. It was good to meet some new members of the local community and see how much they enjoyed the beautiful setting of the orchard. Most of them lived fairly close, but did not know at all about the orchard, and they were all delighted to find such a lovely spot’. 
Susan Stobbs, Midsummer Common Community Orchard, Cambridge
‘We had a lovely day. Some members of the public popped in to have a look around which was great. We did a lot of work – and there’s a lot to do, so it was fantastic to have extra hands. We had positive feedback from the volunteers who came and helped so hopefully they’ll join us on a regular basis’
Annick Laroque, National Wildlife Centre, Liverpool



‘We had 16 adults, 4 children and two dogs plus the usual tame cat. Some were our volunteers already, some from other plots, and some were new. A great time was had by all and we  sheltered in the polytunnel for a while during the downpour. The cake was excellent, as usual.
Saskia Wesnigk-Wood, Portslade Community Allotment Group, Brighton
‘We had a great time in Congleton for the Big Dig 2014. We had events the whole weekend and over 25 people came along and half of them were new to the site. We also had lots of children who planted seeds, whilst the grownups weeded, pruned trees and built a raised bed. And they all said they wanted to keep on coming’.
Patti Pinto, Congleton Sustainability Group

We lost count of the numbers of volunteers but had at least 60 attendees. It was a fantastic community event the children and families really got stuck in and actually wanted to stay longer, but we ran out of soil!’
Helen Hinsley, Growing Together, Higham Hill Children’s Centre, London


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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