Children across the UK helped to serve up around 60,000 litres of homemade soup last month to share with friends, families and local communities, as part of a community gardening project.
The Big Soup Share 2019, which is part of the Royal Horticultural Society Campaign for School Gardening, saw 3,000 organisations host events in the UK where young gardeners could celebrate their harvest and share soup they made from crops they had grown themselves. The most popular soups included pumpkin, mixed vegetable, and leek and potato soup.
The Big Soup Share, which took place from 7-13 October this year, is an opportunity for schools, youth groups and community gardens to create or strengthen links in their local community; find new volunteers willing to help with their garden, and thank those that already do; and promote healthy eating. The annual event has been running since 2017.
Alana Cama, schools and groups programme manager for the RHS, said: “The Big Soup Share is a chance for people of all ages to celebrate their gardening achievements by inviting friends, family and members of their communities to share it with them.
“Over the last couple of years, we have seen groups use their events to raise money for local charities, provide food or companionship to others in need, raise awareness of sustainability and healthy eating, or to bring people together and improve social cohesion. That is the magic of the Big Soup Share.”
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