On Saturday 21 April community gardeners from more than 40 of London’s edible gardens, will welcome new visitors and show them how to grow their own food.
From planting seedlings to garden treasure hunts, there’s a chance for everyone to get involved, meet their neighbours and enjoy the tranquillity of urban growing as part of the #BigDig2018.
Growing food is such a great way for people to get healthy and reconnect with their food,” commented Claire Pritchard, the new Chair of the London Mayor’s Food Board, “so I am delighted that the Big Dig continues to offer Londoners the perfect way to get stuck in to their local community garden”.
The 7th annual Big Dig day is organised by Capital Growth and gardens from 20 London boroughs are taking part, many of them hidden away from the hustle of London. They can be found on rooftops, parks, schools and all can be found on Capital Growth’s online map.
The Big Dig has helped thousands of people connect with their local garden and gives Londoners a chance to get active and grow food. It’s also the perfect time for those running the gardens to gather people from their community and prepare for the season ahead.
“Volunteering in gardens has changed my relationship with London. It's a constant reminder of the city's diversity and that we don't have to go far to experience different lifestyles. Remembering that such beautiful tranquil spaces exist so close by helps when you're stuck on a crowded train or tired after a long day.” Camilla, volunteer with The Castle Garden and London Grown.
Capital Growth gardens are found all over the city and those open on the Big Dig day stretch from North Finchley to Sydenham and Ealing to Dagenham. They include allotment sites, community gardens as well as quirkier spaces such as the infamous Skip Garden in Kings Cross, a rooftop in Battersea and the beautiful Castle Climbing Centre Garden, set in the grounds of the old Waterworks building in Hackney.
“Taking place on the same weekend as Earth Day, we are excited to be running our seventh Big Dig day to get hundreds more people growing their own food. This is one the highlights of our calendar as we know it gets Londoners growing food together, many for the first time.” says Chris Speirs, Project Coordinator of Capital Growth.
Capital Growth will be running online competitions ahead of the day on social media to win books, vouchers and more. Plus everyone taking part on the day will receive a special discount on workshops in this season’s urban growing training programme.
Find your closest participating garden, or register your garden to take part on our interactive map at www.bigdig.org.uk/london/
The Big Dig is a part of Capital Growth, a network of over 2,800 food growing gardens across London helping with advice to get started, finding and training volunteers and grow wildlife-friendly food.
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Capital Growth: The Capital Growth campaign, run by Sustain's London Food Link offers practical and financial support to communities around London to help more people grow more food, and to have greater access to land and growing spaces for community benefit. The Capital Bee project, part of Capital Growth, seeks pledges to promote bee-friendly behaviour, and supports establishment of community beehives.
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