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 2015

On 21st March, 2015,  193 gardens across the United Kingdom took part in Big Dig Day. The aim of the day was to get lots of new people down to their local community garden and help kick start the new growing season. Creating new beds, planting seeds and clearing away the debris from the winter were some of the tasks that the volunteers took part in. Over 1,600 people took part in the day and of these 1,207 had not been involved the gardens before.

Here are some pictures and comments from the day:

“We always love promoting the efforts of the Big Dig in the garden! Volunteers enjoy taking part in this annual event. It's been a fantastic opportunity to galvanise a greater sense of community”. Andonis Marden, Oxgrow, Oxford

"We had a really great day, despite the cold. There were all ages and abilities represented and together we built a pallet planter, planted salad and root veg, painted pots and got lots of weeding done. It was great to have so many hands on deck to get the garden sorted out ready for spring". Catherine Baker, Pembroke Pocket Garden, London 

"This event was really good, because we also put it into the context of celebrating the Iranian New Year. The gardening and socialising with different age groups also has a very good effect” Martha Worsching Loughborough Students Landscaping and Gardening Society

“One of the best things about the Big Dig is that it gives us focus at the beginning of the planting season. We cleared one of vegetable beds at Stirley Farm and planted it up with potatoes. Because we had extra help, we were also able to rescue the last of our parsnips from another bed, which is now ready to be weeded and planted. We had great fun as each parsnip came up, guessing what shape it might be. We also got to talk about food and its place in our lives, and about other community projects. We forgot all about the cold wind after that and stayed an extra hour”. Diane Sims, Growing Newsome, Huddersfield

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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