600 turn out for Big Dig

600 turn out for Big Dig

The Big Dig was a big hit with the public!

Over 600 Londoners took part in this year’s Big Dig. The event, on April 22, saw 48 school and community gardens across London welcoming new volunteers. Organised by food-growing network Capital Growth, the day is a chance for gardens to tackle big projects with many helping hands, promote their work to new volunteers and network with other local initiatives.

“Our Big Dig was very successful; so much so that we completed our list of jobs and even moved onto our wishlist! We attracted new volunteers who are keen to learn new skills and return for future working parties in the garden. The garden has more wildlife-friendly sites – a stumpery for insects and a new bed of wildflower seeds sown – and we widened our range of crops which we can hopefully share with the community in time. Lots of tea and cake consumed and we also promoted other local food-related initiatives,” says Karen Essen of Greenway Avenue Community Play Garden, Walthamstow.

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