BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 20 March '15

IT’S TIME TO GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY

The call is out for gardeners of all ages – and experience – to get involved in the fourth annual Big Dig Day on Saturday 21 March 2015.

The day will see thousands of people across the country don their wellies and get stuck in at a local food growing garden. 

The Big Dig Day, a nationwide project that aims to support community gardens and help them recruit new volunteers, is run by the Big Dig network at Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming. Already, 150 gardens across the UK – from Falkirk to Totnes – have signed up to take part.

Get your wellies on

Over 10,000 people have got involved since the project began in 2012; last year alone, over 1,500 volunteers got stuck in – with many going on to become regular growers.  

‘The Big Dig is a great way to take the first step to get involved in growing your own and discovering your local edible garden. Gardens can be found all around the country – on allotments, in parks and even on rooftops. It’s also a great way of getting fit, meeting new people and learning about and tasting healthy food.’

Clare Horrell from the Big Dig

Many of the gardens rely on volunteers, so extra hands are always welcome – and, in many cases, essential – to the future of this rich network of food growers. Participants include groups working with children and those involved with projects in parks, rooftop spaces and sites that were previously derelict and unloved. 

Helen Hinsley, from the Growing Together project at Higham Hill Children’s Centre in London, said, ‘We lost count of the number of volunteers but had at least 60 people. It was a fantastic event and many people didn’t want to go home.’

For more information on how to get involved, visit the Big Dig website.