Good to Grow 2020

Every spring, hundreds of volunteers pull on their wellies and head outside to help a community garden get ready for the new growing season.

"Remembering that such beautiful, tranquil spaces exist so close by helps when you are stuck on a crowded train or tired after a long day"

Good to Grow, formerly the Big Dig, was planned to run from Friday 24 - Monday 27 April 2020. Unfortunatly the event was cancelled this year. 

Good to Grow 2020

Since the Big Dig was first launched in 2012, a growing number of gardens have been adopting a 'no dig' approach to food growing and to reflect that we surveyed our members to find a new name that was more inclusive and representative of our network. After a great debate and lots of ideas, Good to Grow was voted in as the overwhelming favourite.

"Good to Grow is far more all encompassing in my opinion, great name!"

"Big Dig is just not appropriate to our project which is run on organic and no dig principles."

"Good to know, it might be - Good to Grow!"

"Good to Grow seems to me more inclusive"

Sign up your edible garden

Join the national day of edible action!

Community gardens, schools and growing enterprises are invited to host a Good to Grow day between Friday the 24th and Monday the 27th of April.

To take part, members simply need to log into the Capital Growth member's dashboard, click on the 'Good to Grow Sign up' box and answer a few short questions about what's happening on the day. Your garden will automatically appear on the map of Good to Grow gardens - ready for you to share, network and promote to volunteers.

We'll be promoting the day nationally, but we need your help! There will be a pack of publicity materials and other resources to download from your dashboard to help you spread the word in your local area.

Sign-up for Good to Grow 2020

Not a member of Capital Growth?

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

The history

The Big Dig Day started as an event run by Capital Growth in 2012 to engage volunteers in local food growing projects. Funding was also received to roll this out across the UK , recruiting 7,500 new volunteers to take part in community gardening. These local networks continue to recruit and engage volunteers locally.

In 2019 the Big Dig Day took place on Saturday the 27th of April. The day went national with over 100 gardens participating from across the UK.  People could use our interactive map to find a garden to volunteer with for the Big Dig day. Activities, hours and locations varied so that volunteers could find the right garden for them.

Support our work

Your donation will help communities grow more food in gardens across London.


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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