Credit: Audacious Veg
The event helps gardens to raise their profile to new volunteers and organisations as well as get existing growers involved for the season ahead. It was developed by Sustain in 2012 as part of their Capital Growth London network and since has seen thousands of volunteers get growing on the annual day.
“We noticed that many gardens were slow to start the growing season and have found the event really helps local people to spring into action”, explained Sarah Williams, Programme Director at Sustain
Since 2012 hundreds of gardens have joined The Big Dig Day.
“Big Dig really put our garden on the map. We were really pleased to have the social media support and the [resources]. It was our launch event and will be one of our major events in the season each year. A real crowd-pleaser after the colder weather relents each year.” The Plot at Whetstone Allotments, Big Dig Day participant in 2018
By registering at https://www.bigdig.org.uk/, gardens will stay on the Big Dig map and can access the online Harvest-ometer tool to help them measure their harvest and see the benefits of growing food.
Local food growing networks can also use the platform to promote gardens across their areas to potential volunteers, growers and other health and referral services.