Over 40 edible gardens across the capital are inviting people new to ‘growing their own’ to get involved in the fifth annual Big Dig Day on Saturday 16 April. The day will give novice growers a chance to learn about bee-friendly food growing, and help the gardens out with spring tasks, such as planting potatoes, preparing raised beds and sowing seeds and flowers that encourage wildlife.
The Big Dig Day is run by Capital Growth, a network of over 2,000 food growing gardens which together cover an area of land equivalent to over 100 Wembley pitches. Member gardens are found on roofs, in parks and tucked away in hidden corners where they grow food and provide much needed greenery for the city. The network also has flagship sites in The Regent’s Park and in hubs across London, including the Castle Climbing Centre in Hackney and Oasis Farm in Waterloo. Over the past four years, the Big Dig has seen 8,000 volunteers across the UK lend a hand to community food growing. 🙂
“This year we want people new to growing or community gardens to come out and lend a hand. Many Londoners don’t have access to their own gardens so this is a great chance to get outdoors and learn the basics. And for those who already have an allotment or garden, there will be workshops and advice to take away” says Maddie Guerlain from Capital Growth. The Big Dig marks the start of a new three year Capital Growth initiative called London Grows, which will help over 2,000 people get involved in community growing projects, wildlife-friendly food growing and improving London’s green environment.
To find a garden in your area, or to register your garden to take part in the day, visit the interactive map.
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