Good to Grow Day

Good to Grow Day (the new name for the Big Dig) is now a weekend of action from Friday 24 to Monday 27 April for edible gardens to celebrate and prepare for the new growing season, promote their activities and encourage people to volunteer.

Good to Grow Day 2020 has been cancelled.

"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 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!

Good to Grow Day 2020 has been cancelled.

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 Good to Grow 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.

Not a member of Good to Grow?

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

Join Good to Grow


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.