Grow-your-own health and happiness at London’s Big Dig Day on Saturday 27 April

Over 25 gardens across London, from Barnet to Sutton are opening their gates, lining up their spades and getting the kettle on to welcome new growers to take a look.

Regent's Park Allotment Garden by Caroline Teo

Regent's Park Allotment Garden by Caroline Teo

The saying goes that ‘gardening adds years to your life and life to your years’ and on Saturday 27th April you can drop in and meet people from your local community food garden.

The Big Dig Day is organised by Capital Growth network, one of the largest urban growing networks in the world and part of Sustain, the food and farming charity and was started in 2012 to get more people growing.

The day is organised by Sustain [2], the food and farming charity that set up the Big Dig Network, to help gardens get more people growing food. They also run the London based Capital Growth [3] network,.  The gardens taking place range from large gardens such as The Regent’s Park allotment garden in London, urban farms and market gardens, community projects and schools. It now also runs in other towns and cities throughout the UK.

“We have been working with all sorts of community gardens for the last 10 years and see first-hand how they bring together people of all ages and walks of life in nature, providing a sense of calm and ultimate feeling of wellbeing” explained Sarah Williams, from Sustain who launched the Big Dig Day in 2012. Since then thousands of people have joined in at their local garden to grow healthy food together, building friendships along the way.

The day, also being used to encourage people to eat more veg as part of the Veg Cities campaign [4] will be filled with family friendly activities, including planting and seed sowing, garden tours, family games and craft activities with the opportunity to create new wildlife-friendly edible gardens and to learn about permaculture and how to make plant feeds. The day is for all fitness levels, and for people looking to get regularly involved or those who may just want somewhere to relax. 

Find gardens on the www.bigdig.org.uk including The Old 1 O'Clock Club, South London where the Trees for Cities 'Edible Playgrounds' team will be deed sowing, planting out vegetable plus family games and crafts to encourage and wildlife.

Camilla who started growing food at The Castle Garden, in North London one of the regular Big Dig Gardens said “I find growing food an incredibly rewarding experience. Gardening in itself is a therapeutic activity, and gardening in a community environment, amongst other people with similar interests or views, is even better.”

There are thousands of community groups meeting to grow together every week, and whether you want to grow, sow or just sit to enjoy the peace, you can find your nearest garden in a few clicks.

Find a garden near you taking part in the Big Dig Day on our website. And if your local community garden has not signed up already, do let them know, all gardens are welcome to join #BigDig2019

For further information email sarah@sustainweb.org or call 0203 559 6777

Editorial Notes

  1. A full list of gardens taking part is available at www.bigdig.org.uk  or listed below:
  2. The Big Dig Day is run by the food and farming charity, Sustain and is part of their Big Dig online platform that helps people to grow food together across the UK. Any community garden can register on the map for free and to date there are over 55 gardens on the map.

www.sustainweb.org

  1. The Big Dig Day was first run in London as part of Sustain’s Capital Growth network which has supported over 3000 member gardens since its launch in 2008. www.capitalgrowth.org
  2. The Big Dig Day is also part of the Sustainable Food Cities’ Veg Cities Campaign which is all about increasing the availability and consumption of vegetables in organisations ranging from schools and community groups to retailers and caterers.

www.vegcities.org

  1. The Big Dig, now in its eighth year, is now running in 12 areas in addition to London where the event was first launched in 2012, with the support of the following organisations: Aberdeen (Community Food Initiatives North East), Birmingham (Growing Birmingham), Bournemouth and Poole (Bournemouth and Poole Food Partnership), Cambridge (Cambridge Sustainable Food), Durham (Durham Community Action), Edinburgh (Edinburgh Community Food), Glasgow (Glasgow Community Food Network), Hull (Hull Food Partnership), Leeds (Zest), Luton (Luton Borough Council), Manchester (Sow the City) and Reading (Reading Food Growing Network) You can see gardens listed in each area by selecting the area and then click ‘BIG DIG DAY’ button  www.bigdig.org.uk
  2. Photos and interviews with volunteers and garden leaders are available on request.

London Gardens

 

St John's church plot

Incredible Edible Barnet

Barnet

Whetstone Allotments Community Plot

Whetstone Stray Allotments Community Plot

Barnet

Punch and juicy's Root To Market

Punch and Juicy Liquid Foods

Brent

Children Growing Vegetables

Willesden Green Town Team

Brent

Cecil Sharp House Permaculture Garden

London Permaculture Network

Camden

Broomfield Community Orchard

Broomfield Community Orchard

Enfield

The Maryon Park Community Food Growing Garden

Maryon Park Community Garden

Greenwich

Christchurch School Community Garden

Christchurch CE Primary School

Greenwich

St Mary's Secret Garden

St Mary's Secret Garden

Hackney

Rainbow Grow @ HCVS

Rainbow Grow

Hackney

The Castle Climbing Centre

The Castle Climbing Centre

Hackney

Trees for Cities Garden

Trees for Cities

Lambeth

Ruskin Park Community Garden

Ruskin Park Community Garden

Lambeth

Oasis Children's Nature Garden

Oasis Play Nature Garden

Lambeth

The Springbank Rd Community Garden

Hither Green Community Association

Lewisham

Wild Cat Wilderness

Rushey Green Time Bank

Lewisham

John Evelyn Community Garden

Pepys Community Forum

Lewisham

Greenfingers

Trafalgar Infant School

Richmond upon Thames

Sutton Community Farm

Sutton Community Farm

Sutton

Families Go Wild

Spitalfields City Farm

Tower Hamlets

Cranbrook Community Food Garden

Cranbrook Community Food Garden

Tower Hamlets

Greenway Avenue Community Play Garden

Friends of Greenway Avenue Community Play Garden

Waltham Forest

Doddington & Rollo Community Roof Garden

Doddington & Rollo Community Roof Garden

Wandsworth

The Regent's Park Allotment Garden

Sustain

Westminster

 

 

 


10/04/2019
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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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