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.

Edible Gardens Day 2014

122 gardens across 37 towns and cities the length and breadth of the UK took part in Edible Gardens Day 2014 on 20th September. 

The People's Community Garden in Ipswich was a shining example of the range of things that happened across the gardens on the day. Here's a review of their day:

"The day literally started with a bang with thunder storms and torrential rain and we were forced to locate our activities under the shelter of the polytunnels. 

This turned out to be a great plan for our bread-makers, as the temperature in there was ideal for making dough rise, much to the delight of our  Artisan baker Jonathan Abbott, who led a specialist workshop. Participants wandered around picking herbs to sprinkle as topping as well as picking tomatoes hanging all around them, before baking the bread in the clay oven. 

Staunch supporter of ActivGardens Joy Croucher provided homemade chutneys to demonstrate the variety of delicious recipes which can be created from allotment produce, whilst her three grandsons did a great job of operating the apple press, kindly supplied by Betsy Reid’s village association.


Meanwhile, Rona Sharp made salad freshly picked from the garden, while volunteer Gavin has made a delicious array of cakes to have with a cuppa.

Other events included a bee tour round our community apiary with volunteer beekeepers Pat, Linda and Piotr;  visitors were very enthusiastic about purchasing jars of our very first crop of community garden honey, made with nectar the bees have collected from our wildflower meadow.

A number of children made “cress heads” to celebrate our partnership with the East of England Co-op. CRESS is a new phase of development at our garden, to create a community kitchen, café and produce market at the site.

This was a great opportunity to show off our abundant garden and let people know how to get involved. It was a great day for volunteers and visitors alike and proved that not even a torrential downpour can dampen our community spirit! And we would just like to say a BIG Thank you to everyone involved in the preparation and on the day. It was really lovely to see friends and supporters of the project, some of whom have been involved from the very start, as well as new faces. 50 people came and nearly half of them were new to the project. We hope to see them all again soon to help to continue to make our garden grow"

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.

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