Good to Grow Day

Good to Grow Day (the new name for the Big Dig) is now a weekend of action from Friday 23 to Monday 26 April for edible gardens to celebrate and prepare for the new growing season, promote their activities and encourage people to volunteer.

Good to Grow 2021

Join the national day of edible action!

Good to Grow Days 23-26th April 2021

Put the dates in your calendar (23-26 April) and watch this space...we'll let you know how to register your garden in the coming weeks. It will likely look a lot different this year but we're determined to celebrate all the fab work community gardens have been doing the past year.

We'll be promoting the day nationally, and we'll need your help! There will be a pack of publicity materials and other resources to download from your member dashboard (closer to the time) 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.

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"