The Big Dig

Saturday 22 April, 2017

"The spirit of the Big Dig is what community gardening is all about"

Every spring, hundreds of volunteers pull on their wellies and head outside to help community gardens get ready for the new growing season. We look forward to working with groups across London in 2017 to host new visitors and volunteers discover the joys of growing food in the city.

Register your garden now to join The Big Dig 2017.

How to join The Big Dig

School and community gardens in London are invited to host a Big Dig day on Saturday 22 April - and it's all free!

To take part, simply log into the Capital Growth member's area, click on the 'Big Dig' box and answer a few short questions about what's happening on the day. This information will then be processed and appear on a map of London gardens for promotion to volunteers. We'll also post you a pack of publicity materials and other supplies to help you spread the word in your local area. 

Not a member of Capital Growth?

No problem! Membership is free and takes about 5 minutes. Anyone in London growing food in at least one square meter or more is eligible to join. Read more about the network, benefits of membership and how to apply.

Volunteer in a local garden

Use our interactive map to find a garden to volunteer with on 22nd April for the Big Dig. Activities, hours and locations vary so that you can find the right garden. No gardening experience is necessary and all ages are welcome!

The Big Dig across the UK

The Big Dig started as an event run by Capital Growth in 2012 to engage volunteers in local food growing projects. It was initially funded as a nationwide project, managed by Sustain, recruiting 7,500 new volunteers to take part in community gardening. The network continues to work with cities in the UK.

In 2016, over 40 gardens in London took part, welcoming over 750 volunteers to help shovel compost, build trellises, plant seedlings and enjoy a hard day's work in the company of friends and neighbours.

Find out more about The Big Dig in other cities on


Capital Growth

Capital Growth is London's Food Growing Network, with over 2000 members. Whether you are growing at home, as part of an allotment, in a community group or school you can join for free to receive benefits such as discounts, advice and monthly enewsletters.

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