Sustain alliance gears up for Big Dig

Thousands of volunteers across the UK will soon be joining forces with Sustain’s Big Dig project to grow food and develop work along the lines already established by Capital Growth, London’s food-growing campaign.

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Sustain is the UK’s alliance for better food and farming. Network director Ben Reynolds told ARC: “We’re delighted to have received funding, we’ll be announcing more details of the Big Dig very soon.

London’s Capital Growth project, which aims to have more than 2,000 new food growing spaces operational by the time the London Olympics open, is “on target.” The Big Dig will focus on additional projects in London, as well as cities such as Brighton, Middlesborough, Manchester, Sheffield and Coventry.

Funding has been agreed by the Social Action Fund. Civil society minister Nick Hurd said: “Through these funds we are backing ideas that will inspire more people to get involved. Whether it be taking the chance to help a young person or transform a neglected space, they will be making in positive difference.

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