Who we are

Dig It is a community horticulture and food growing project based in Saffron Walden, Essex.

Our charity aims to improve health, support positive wellbeing and reduce social isolation. The projects we run offer the opportunity to develop new skills and socialise with members of the local community through gardening and environmental activities.

The Dig It volunteer group takes part in a number of projects in the local area as well as meeting weekly at our allotment site. Our goal is to make fresh food available to all and provide accessible, adaptable and purposeful physical activity. It is becoming ever more recognised that outdoor pursuits significantly improve mental health.

Dig It are informed and guided by the principles of Eco-Therapy and Social and Therapeutic Horticulture. Our projects encourage activity, healthy lifestyles and peer support.

Our work promotes self-care in a variety of ways, offering support and advice according to need. Volunteers can work towards improving health, confidence and self-worth through participation.

We have established a wide network of partners and referral sources over many years of working closely with other local organisations. In particular, we have established links with the CAB, Volunteer Centre, Saffron Walden Foodbank, nearby Job Centres, Transition Job Search, Mind, and our area Mental Health teams.