Big Dig sees dozens working on community gardens in Bath
A community event saw people in Bath putting their green fingers to work at the weekend.
Dozens of volunteers all over the city weeded, dug and planted as part of national initiative The Big Dig, which aims to get more people growing their own.
The event took place at a number of sites in Bath including Monksdale allotments, a plot of land at Snow Hill, Bath Organic Group in Victoria Park and Dry Arch Growers in Bathampton.
Community worker and chair of the Monksdale committee Tabitha McLaughlin, said volunteers would be reaping the fruits of their labour throughout the year.
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She said: “The idea of The Big Dig is to get local people involved in growing local food, it is really fun, a nice way to meet people and good all round.
“We’re planning on growing anything that will grow easily in this country, so that people get to like growing.
“We’ll also grow stuff that is expensive to buy in the shops, things like salad and beetroot which are easy to grow but expensive to buy."
Children were also happy to get involved, with the recent horsemeat scandal cited as one reason why more people were taking part in The Big Dig.
“I think this year it has really picked up and we have had people registering and coming to volunteer via the web that might not have known of us otherwise,” added Ms McLaughlin.
“At the Snow Hill site we had half a dozen parents and half a dozen children and had a great time.
“The site needed to be cleared and had lots of dogs’ mess and now we have put signs up saying it is a community garden and asking people not to let their dogs foul.
"People have respected that, which is really lovely.
“We had lots of people at the Monksdale site digging and local gardener Melanie Jackson did the garden design.
“If you have volunteered then you can come and help yourself to some produce (later in the year) and hopefully we can do some cooking sessions with the produce including soup making sessions.”
For more information on the projects, visit www.bigdig.org.uk/bath/