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Big Dig is back - get your garden registered now

Everyone running a garden can register their garden on to promote their garden locally to volunteers and other organisations, use the online Harvest-ometer and all the other functions and take part in The Big Dig Day on 27 April. Registration is free and takes less than five minutes.

Farley community growing hub in Luton will this year participate in the Big Dig Day. Credit: Groundwork Luton and Bedfordshire

Farley community growing hub in Luton will this year participate in the Big Dig Day. Credit: Groundwork Luton and Bedfordshire

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 we are 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.

To support local areas and individual gardens participating in The Big Dig Day, we have compiled a digital toolkit containing logos, postcard and poster that gardens can personalise with their details, template press release and social media tips, as well as documents to help you plan and execute a successful and safe event. These resources are available on your dashboard after registration on or available for download by following this link.

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 Sow the City, a food growing network in Manchester about their experience of mapping growing spaces in the city and joining the Big Dig.

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