Dig In Softpots
Dig In is now over but has successfully created a thriving network of community-led wildlife and food growing gardens in partnership with City of York Council with funding from Reaching Communities- Big Lotterty Fund.
This exciting 3 year project started in November 2011 and ran until October 2014. Through Dig In, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust provided positive outdoor activities for children, young people, individuals and families.
The project promoted:
- More active and healthy living
- an improvement to participant's knowledge of food growing and caring for the local environment
- an increase in participant's inter-personal skills and self-esteem
- a greater feeling of community pride and belonging in participants
The project activities included:
- Design of community-led food-growing spaces through consultation workshops
- Creation of community-led food-growing spaces through community work days, including building clay ovens
- Delivery of gardening clubs for different groups, for example, families with young children, young people attending alternative learning programmes
- Delivery of environmental clubs for different groups, for example, people with behavioural needs or disabilities
- Provision of free resources on subjects such as healthy eating, becoming more active and sustainable living, which will be available in hard copies and electronically
- Delivery of training opportunities
- Recruitment and training of volunteers.
Where we worked:
For more information on this project please contact Marie Fooks by calling 01904 659570.
This project was funded by the Big Lottery Fund, for more information visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk