This year’s Big Dig will takes place today and gives lots of people the chance to get involved in their local community garden.
The event is organised by Sustain who aim to get more people involved in community food growing as part of their mission to advocate food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture.
Bulldog are once again supporting the event and will be giving away five prizes of garden tools sets worth £150.00 each to the best gardening idea or initiative sent via image or video to our Bulldog Tools Garden Club Facebook page. All entries must be submitted by 12.00am on Wednesday 30th April and winners will be announced one week later.
All schemes are welcome to enter the competition and in case you need inspiration, some of the winning projects last year included a converted tennis court garden, a vegetable plot on a huge slope and an innovative water bottle greenhouse that utilised recycled plastic bottles on a wooden frame. Please remember we will publish the entries on our Facebook page so even if you don’t win a prize, all of our followers will get the chance to see your hard work!
The Big Dig is based around the three main cities of London (Capital Growth), Manchester (Sow the City) and Birmingham (Growing Birmingham), but this is a nationwide initiative and you can see the contact details and projects from Bath, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Bradford, Brighton, Cambridge, Cardiff, Chippenham, Congleton, Coventry, Durham, Falkirk, Hastings, Hull, Ipswich, Kirklees, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Poole, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Southend, Swansea, Swindon, Totnes, Walsall and York by visiting the cities page here.
This day is all about volunteering for a day of hard (and not so hard!) grafting in a local garden helping it get ready for the growing season and is open to all regardless of age, sex or gardening experience and ability.
If you think this is a great idea and want to get involved today or if you run a community garden and want to try and get some support, you can register for your local Big Dig 2016 by visiting the Big Dig website at www.bigdig.org.uk and by clicking on the ‘Join’ button in the top right hand corner of whichever of the 3 city’s is nearest you on their individual website page or by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org – and don’t forget, you can still enter our competition for another couple of weeks!
Finally, we look forward to seeing all your photos and videos on the Bulldog Tools Garden Club Facebook page and hope that no matter where in the country your project is located that the weather is dry and sunny all day!
For more information about Sustain and its work, please visit: www.sustainweb.org/