It’s good to see worthwhile initiatives going ahead this year despite the many restrictions placed on our lives in the effort to contain Covid-19. So, we were delighted to see that the Royal Horticultural Society has been inventive enough to adapt one of its great community events for the socially distanced digital age.
As the autumn settles in, The RHS Big Soup Share initiative is back for 2020, but in a slightly different format. And, as the organisation points out, supporting and fostering a sense of community has never been more important in these difficult times.
Celebrating a decade of the Campaign for School Gardening
First held in 2017 to mark ten years of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, the Big Soup Share originally encouraged schools to make soup from their home-grown veg and share it with members of the community. However, the event has grown over the last three years to include a range of organisations from community groups to local and nationwide businesses. In fact, over 3,000 events took place during 2019, and the RHS is determined that the 2020 event will be just as successful – if a little different.
Connecting with your community
With growing your own vegetables and sharing food more important than ever during this difficult year, the Big Soup Share is an opportunity to celebrate within your community - according to localised rules and following social distancing guidelines of course. Participants are asked to harvest their own vegetables or use donations from others to make soups to share.
A Big Soup Share can take place in person (following government guidelines) or if that isn’t possible, can be held online via a digital platform. It’s a great opportunity to connect with your community and also to reach out to those who may have been particularly isolated or vulnerable over the last few months. Alternatively, soup could be donated to the homeless or those in need within your area.
The RHS website has lots of useful tips, guidance and resources for the Big Soup Share all available for free on their website, plus information on how you can access some free gifts throughout the year. Click here for more information.
The Big Soup Share 2020 takes place from Monday 5th October until Sunday 11th October. It’s not too late to sign up here and get together with your community.