Thursday, 17 March 2011

The Great Big Earth Dig

I am increasingly delighted and inspired by  the groups of people who are getting together to help each other, learn a new skill or share and swap what they have. So when I heard about The Great Big Earth Dig I just had to write about it.

A group of people have got together to work on an allotment, plant veg and share their produce. They are learning, growing, making new friends and being partly self sufficient. They are inspiring people everywhere to start digging for March 20th - Spring Equinox - when the earth has an equal day and night.


They have about 30 members locally currently but, increasingly they have had support from all over the UK. There is an exciting growing interest in community groups of this kind.

You can join in whever you are - just go to and get digging!

Simon (@shyman33) says 'We've had a great response so far from our local community.We wrote an article for our local community magazine January issue which increased awareness of our little idea. We've lots of encouragement through Twitter where we are nearly up to 1000 followers.

We are on various websites and facebook pages and are excited to be included on UK Aware website, the number one green living show. We've had a few celebrity comments and RTs including SuePerkins from bringing the good life back, Dick Strawbidge, Lisa Faulkner, Ortis Dealey, Bee Strawbridge. We've also had a few mentions on BBC radio London and LBC 97.3 from Anne Diamond,Jenni Barnet and Ken Livingstone. Also B and Q, and Prince Charles' Start project have given us great encouragement.

We have increased the number of friends, neighbours and family giving help to our little plot this year.Starting with the great Big Earth Dig this Sunday. We have about 30 people in our little team, probabaly encouraged by the temptation of this year's first BarBQ.' 

If you have been inspired by The Great Big Earth Dig, do let us know.

If you are part of a group of people who are doing something wonderful (however large or small!) get in touch. Developing community and sharing is a great way to learn to live creditfree! And if community groups share their experience and ideas, give support and inspiration, together they are a formidable body of experience, skills and goodwill!

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