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Get your garden ready for the Big Dig

The Big Dig Day is taking place on Saturday 27 April 2019 across the UK and Sustain is inviting edible gardens to open their doors to volunteers and the community to mark the start of the growing season, promote their gardens and encourage people to volunteer.

Maryon Park Community Garden in the Royal Borough of Greenwich is one of hundreds of gardens involved in the Big Dig Day over the past 8 years.

Maryon Park Community Garden in the Royal Borough of Greenwich is one of hundreds of gardens involved in the Big Dig Day over the past 8 years.

The Big Dig is an online platform to support food growing in the UK, run by Sustain. The Big Dig Day, which this year is taking place on Saturday 27 April, started in London eight years ago and over the years more cities and local areas have got involved in the day and the network. This year we want to make Big Dig bigger and better and inviting Veg Cities and other cities in the SFC network to get involved in mapping their gardens and joining the Big Dig Day.

For individual gardens, the Big Dig network can help promote your garden, recruit volunteers and measure how much you are growing (and money you’re saving). For a local area, the Big Dig can help you facilitate and manage a network of growing spaces, map edible gardens in your area and promote the importance of food growing to policy-makers and the public. All gardens can join The Big Dig Day alongside hundreds of other gardens and thousands of visitors and volunteers.

Sustain is producing a support package for local areas and individual gardens to download and print locally and a web mapping tool and Harvest-ometer, available on 1 March 2019.

To learn more, join the SFC webinar, 12 March, 11h00 – 12h05 which will cover the history of the Big Dig and how you can get involved. It will go over the support available for local areas and gardens including digital materials and the web mapping tool. You will hear from a food growing network in Manchester about their experience of mapping growing spaces in the city and joining the Big Dig. Register now


13/02/2019
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