The Big Dig is a national event where community growing projects open their doors for local people to get involved.

Ten cities will be taking part this year with Manchester being one of them, so get involved on Saturday 27th April from 10am-2pm.

With gardening and growing having fabulous benefits to health and wellbeing, we want our customers to have the opportunity to take part in The Big Dig. We will be working with Sow the City at several sites across our neighbourhoods on community growing projects.

After consulting with the local community this garden was developed with maximum growing space and an area to relax. There are 12 planting beds at the site and it’s a great place for those who want to start growing vegetables, herbs and fruit.

Developed in an unused car park in Moss Side, this space was adopted by the community who wanted it to be a meeting space, as well as somewhere for growing food. The garden has a relaxed, inviting feel and has been a popular addition to the area.


The Aquarius Centre has started to develop a growing space by working with the local community and the local school. Here you will find a number of growing beds that are slowly transforming this previously under-used space into a wonderful green-fingered hideaway.

In a small corner of Gorton, this site was previously landlocked and overgrown. We have made the site safe and will be working with local people and volunteers to turn it into a vibrant growing space and community orchard.

If you would like to get involved in any of our growing projects, give us a call on 0330 355 1000 or email

For more information about The Big Dig.