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Big Dig in Birmingham – 2016

BigDigLogo_WebLargeThe Big Dig returns to Birmingham this April for the third year running. The event will be on the 16th April and will see gardens across the city throw open their doors and give anybody the chance to get down and get digging to really kick start the growing season. Last year was a great success with over 1,600 people taking part across the UK, 1,207 of which had never been involved with the gardens before!

We’re keen to top that number this year so keep your eyes out for further information on the gardens that will be involved, free seeds giveaways and networking events which will all be advertised on here in the coming weeks and months.

Between now and then head over to The Big Dig website and take a look at some of the photos from last year and get inspired to make this year bigger and better! Alternatively, pop over to our Birmingham map and register your own event here.

The Big Dig at Mallard Community Orchard

Despite the cold and drizzle, a successful Big Dig event took place on 16th March in Acocks Green. Volunteers have been digging over this piece of derelict ground since December. The land had been untouched for 50 years and became a local dumping ground for rubbish and litter. After lots of heavy digging work, and getting rid of the couch grass, rubble and rubbish, this forgotten corner of Acocks Green was ready for planting a variety of fruit trees and shrubs.

The Big Dig Day. Planting fruit trees in Acocks Green

The Big Dig Day. Planting fruit trees in Acocks Green

Big Dig News……..

Birmingham Food Growers NEED YOU!

On the 16th March food growing projects across Birmingham will be opening their doors, gates and sheds to locals in order to introduce you to their sites, start the growing year and get help from volunteers to complete a range of activities (tree planting, seed sowing, soil preparation and MORE!).  Across the city, 26 sites have signed up so far….more on the way.

If you want to find out what’s happening there are lots of projects signing up http://bigdig.org.uk/Birmingham and offering lots of exciting activities and events for volunteers and locals. VOLUNTEERS WHO FILL OUT A REWARD CARD OF VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES WILL BE ENTERED INTO A PRIZE DRAW!

First Dig – Community Orchard in Acocks Green

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It is a widely held belief that through food we can create community!

It has also been said that some of society’s problems are caused by people becoming disconnected from their community.  We have a wonderful scheme in Acocks Green which could address this problem.

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