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What are you planning for the Big Dig?

By Sara Venn


Collaboration has always been the name of the game at Incredible Edible, and across the UK and further afield we see inspiring stories of collaborative projects that include Incredible Edible groups.

We also see lots of groups joining in with national events which is something here at the Incredible Edible Network we love to see as it supports us to speak to those organisations on a national level. The Big Dig is one of those national events.

This year the Big Dig will be held on 27th April and it’s hoped that up and down the country community gardens will use the day to open themselves up to all, encouraging new volunteers to come along and get involved. It’s also an opportunity for Sustain, the organisation behind the Big Dig, to encourage all gardens to get themselves onto their interactive map, so they can really start to see what community gardening, be it in the public realm as with Incredible Edible gardens, or in closed spaces, really looks like across the country and particularly in urban areas and cities.

The Big Dig began in London eight years ago and over the years more cities and urban areas have become involved and this year both Veg Cities and the Sustainable Food Cities (SFC) Network are involved, so of huge interest to anyone in an area working towards SFC certification. A support package will launched on the Big Dig website soon and you can join an SFC webinar on 12 March at 11am to learn more – presentations and a recording of the webinar are available here.

Not only is this a great opportunity to get involved in a national day of community, it’s also an opportunity to see what else is happening in your area that you might not know of, and connect the dots together, meet new people and connect more communities through the power of food.  We’d love to share what Incredible Edible groups do to celebrate the Big Dig this year, so do get in touch with us to let us know what your plans are and what you get up to!