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Big Dig Day activities across the Incredible Edible network

By Sarah Ward

Our Incredible Edible groups are embracing the opportunity to promote their activities and to get new people involved through the Big Dig Day being held this Saturday (27th April).

The Big Dig Day is held every spring to promote edible growing spaces and encourage people to volunteer.  Supported by Sustain, the Big Dig encourages all gardens to get themselves onto their interactive map, so we can all see what community gardening, public realm as with Incredible Edible gardens, or in closed spaces, really looks like across the country and particularly in urban areas and cities.  It’s another great way to promote what you do and allow potential volunteers to find you – get your group listed on the Big Dig site here, or just have a look at the map to find out what else is happening in your area.

Here’s a sample of some of the activities Incredible Edible groups are getting involved in on the Big Dig Day… Incredible Edible Wakefield holding a Big Dig Family Day, offering children (and adults!) the opportunity to test out their English and Maths skills by following their Edible Activity Trail.  At Incredible Edible Bristol there’s the opportunity to get stuck into some composting and planting at their Learning Zone and for Incredible Edible Ramsbottom 27th April is Ramson Day, which celebrates the town’s namesake, also known as wild garlic, so visitors will be able to plant up their own ramson seedlings and nibble on some ramson treats.  Incredible Edible Prestwich and District will have the opportunity to help get the local growing spaces ready at St Mary’s Park and Philips Park and Incredible Edible Conwy have the opportunity to get involved in some willow wigwam weaving as well as seed sowing and planting.  Meanwhile, Old Town Bloomers including Incredible Edible Runcorn are keen to emphasise that their Big Dig activities don’t need to involve lots of effort as the name might suggest, and instead the WI are involved to ensure you can have a cuppa, cake and chat while you get involved in whatever growing activities take your fancy.  And finally, new group Incredible Edible Handbridge in Chester are using the Big Dig Day as an opportunity to get folk along to help create their new growing space – head along to show your support if you’re in the local area!

It’s great to see so many groups using the Big Dig Day as an opportunity to connect with their local community, sharing opportunities and maybe finding some new Incredible people in the process.  If you’re doing some Big Dig activities this weekend, or just getting ready for the new growing season then connect with us on social media (@IncEdNetwork) or contact us and we’ll share your story across the network.