21st March – The Big Dig

Gardens across London will open up their doors and welcome in volunteers to get the new growing season off to a great start!

The Big Dig is back on Saturday 21st March to encourage local people to get down to their local garden and get their hands dirty, learn something new and hopefully decide to continue to help throughout the growing season. There are over 80 edible gardens across our Borough and 7 of these growing spaces will be opening their gates and looking forward to a helping hand from their local Waltham Forest residents. Activities taking place include:

Mission Grove Wildlife Area
At Mission Grove Wildlife area we will be building a greenhouse using plastic bottles collected by the children.
8am–4pm
Mission Grove Primary School
Buxton Road
Walthamstow E17 7EJ

Mission Grove Meadow
At Mission Grove Meadow we will be developing the area into a more usable space for the school and the garden.
9am–4pm
Mission Grove Meadow
Edinburgh Road
Walthamstow E17 7QB

Church Lane Community Garden
At Church Lane Community Garden we will be sifting, mulching, weeding and planting, with soup, bread and cake for all. Please bring your own forks/spades/trowels if possible.
10am–4pm
Church Lane Community Garden
Harold Road
Leytonstone E11 4QX

Kelmscott Science Garden
At Kelmscott School we will be preparing the beds for spring, clearing a new area for planting as well as planting trees around the school.

10.30am–12.30pm
Kelmscott School
245 Markhouse Road
Walthamstow E17 8DN

Chingford Hall Community Garden
At Chingford Hall Community Garden there will be free refreshments and seed sowing in pots to take away. Have a dig! Plant a potato. Come and see local organic fruit and veg growing in your community and meet the gardening geeks that grow them.
11am–2pm
Chingford Hall Community Garden
Ching Way
Chingford E4 8YE

Rushcroft Community Garden
At Rushcroft Community Garden we are inviting students, parents, neighbours and our community to help improve our community garden. Students attending our “SHINE”
Saturday school will be on hand to welcome everyone and dish out refreshments.
11am–2pm
Rushcroft Community Garden
Rushcroft Foundation School
Rushcroft Road
Chingford E4 8SG

Greenway Community Play Garden
At Greenway Community Play Garden we will be doing a range of tasks, from weeding to making compost bins to planting and tidying up around the garden. Plus activities for the kids.
12pm–4pm
Greenway Community Play Garden
Off Greenway Avenue
Walthamstow E17 3QQ

Full details of these, including start times, are available on the Big Dig website http://www.bigdig.org.uk You can also sign up to tell the garden you are coming!
In London, the Big Dig is organised by Capital Growth and over the last two years over 150 of the growing spaces in their network have welcomed thousands of volunteers to events on their growing spaces.

The Big Dig day in London is funded by Urban Food Routes, a project run by The Plunkett Foundation, and supported by the Mayor of London and Seeds of Change.

View the full programme of events

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