The Big Dig
Various locations across County Durham
Saturday 21 April 2018
Community gardens across County Durham will once again be joining gardens in London to open their gates to show people what they are doing and, importantly, encouraging people to come and volunteer with them. The Big Dig takes place on Saturday 21 April 2018 and the days after and you can find details of participating gardens below.
It’s now well known that spending time outside, in gardens or other green space, is a great way of making you feel better and volunteering gives you a greater sense of well-being, allows you to develop new skills and gain confidence and help you find new friendships too. And volunteering in community gardens has the added bonus of giving you access to some lovely fresh food, straight from the garden!
Participating gardens and groups are:
- Fruitful Durham, Walled Garden at Ushaw College, Durham, DH7 9RH. Their Big Dig event is on Saturday 21 April, time to be confirmed. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Trimdon Community Garden, Hart View allotment site, Trimdon Village. TS29 6LA. Big Dig event on Saturday 21 April at 2pm. Contact: email@example.com
- Abundant Earth, Cookes West Wood Farm, Broompark, Durham. Big Dig event on Sunday 22 April, 10am to 4pm with permaculture garden tour at 11am. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Friends of Wharton Park, Durham City, are having a Little Dig event on Wednesday 25 April 1.30pm to 4pm. Contact: email@example.com
- The ALT Community Garden, Blackhill Club, Consett. Big Dig is happening on Saturday 28 April, 10am to 4pm. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01207 654 160
- Shildon Community Garden – Furnace Ind Est, Shildon DL4 1QB. They are holding a Big Dig event on Saturday 28 April, 1pm to 2.30pm. Contact: 01388 417600 or 01388 417474.
Talk by Charles Dowding- No Dig Gardening
Bowburn Community Centre, Durham
31 January 2018- 7.30pm
Charles Dowding is an acclaimed innovator of no-dig, organic growing having used no-dig methods since 1983. His original weed-free methods give superb results in both small and large areas. He sells produced from his Homeacres no-dig garden, has written nine books, writes for national and international magazines, runs a YouTube channel with over 1.8 million views and appears on TV and radio including BBC Gardeners World.
Tickets for this event cost £7 per person and are available via the Durham Community Action website
Booking is essential!
Sugar Smart Campaign Launch
Food Durham is taking part in a national campaign that helps local areas take a multi sector approach to tackle excessive sugar consumption. Partners, including DCC, Durham University and the County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, will commit to taking actions aimed at helping their customers and staff to reduce their sugar intake. The campaign will run for a minimum of 12 months and is being launched at a Public Health event on the afternoon of July 10th. For more information please contact