Community Gardening Projects - Big Dig 2013
By Angie, Mar 14 2013 10:00AM
Having sat on the allotment waiting list for two years, I know the frustration of sitting and waiting.
Demand has never been higher for allotment plots and yet Local Authority funding to create new allotments sites is at its lowest level than it has ever been in the UK now with the Public Sector cuts.
As a result, with some allotment lists now closed and others rumoured to be in excess of 40 years in urban areas, alternatives need to be found.
One such alternative is the Community Gardening Project. Here in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex we are fortunate to have two community garden projects. One, called the Moveable Feast project, is a community garden set up on a disused area of ground owned by a local development company whose plans for redevelopment are on holding pending an economic upturn. This land is located in the centre of St Leonards on Sea, just off the main shopping street. Designed to be portable (hence Moveable), this project offers local people the opportunity to learn growing and cooking skills, while introducing an oasis of green into an otherwise urbanised area off the seafront.
Whilst a community garden isn't the same as having your own allotment plot, it does offer the experience of growing your own food, the feeling of community offered by a well run allotment site, the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and the satisfaction of creating something beautiful and delicious!
16th March is the start of the Big Dig 2013. Big Dig, was initially set up to provide voluntary opportunities in key City areas. However, this has now grown in popularity to become a nationwide event with over 200 events planned this year during the week long festival.
Moveable Feast have a Big Dig event planned with seed swap, garden activities, children’s games, seasonal food and more!
To find out more about the Moveable Feast project and its Big Dig event, go to http://www.moveablefeaststleonards.org.uk.
To find out more about the other Big Dig events taking place, go to http://www.bigdig.org.uk/.
Anyone else planning to get involved in any Big Dig activities? I would love to hear from you.