The Big Dig, a nationwide project to get people growing food together, involves working with new and established community growing projects. The Big Dig helps communities develop new sites and aims to attract volunteers from communities who traditionally do not volunteer. The project, funded by the Cabinet Office's Social Action Fund, will also be running a series of open days and events to encourage another 13,000 people to get down to their local growing site.
Initially covering six cities – Brighton, Coventry, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough and Sheffield - there are now 22 cities and towns involved. Organisations in each of the cities provide advice and training to volunteers, helping them to create vibrant community food gardens.
FCFCG has been supporting and advising groups in the six cities on development and land issues (the latter via the Community Land Advisory Service, an independent project managed by FCFCG). The Big Dig is being run by Sustain.
Visit The Big Dig website for more about events, workshops and the organisations involved. You can also find information via The Big Dig Facebook page (you do not need to be a member of Facebook to view information).
The Big Dig: Latest News
Please visit the Events in England page of this website for more details of upcoming events. Some of these events will be delivered by FCFCG or the Community Land Advisory Service and online booking will be available.
The Big Dig: Help & Advice from the Community Land Advisory Service
For those seeking general advice about land-based issues and community-growing, please visit the Community Land Advisory Service website which has a growing range of information on specific areas relating to land, leases, planning etc. Go to: www.communitylandadvice.org.uk
And if you need specific help or advice on an issue about land and community growing, you can contact our Community Land Advisors, using the contact details here: en.communitylandadvice.org.uk