Big Soup Share 2018

Harvest your homegrown vegetables and turn them in to soup to enjoy with others!

Last year, to mark our tenth birthday, we launched the Big Soup Share. It was such a success that we're turning it into an annual event!

In 2017, Campaign for School Gardening members served over 57,000 portions of soup all over the country! We are inviting you to host an event this October and see if we can beat last year's record.

What is the Big Soup Share?

This is a chance to celebrate the work you do in your garden by harvesting your crops, whizzing them up into a delicious soup and sharing it out with others.
You may wish to share your soup with the rest of your school or group, or hold a big event and share the soup with family, friends and other members of your local community.
We would love you to share your pictures and stories with us so we can see what you get up to!
On this page you’ll find lots of resources and activities being added in the lead up to the event to help you make your Big Soup Share extra special.

When can we host an event?

Your Big Soup Share event should take place on any day between Monday 8 October and Sunday 14 October 2018.
Your event can last a lunchtime, a whole day, an evening – whatever you would like! You might even like to host a whole week full of tasty meals and activities. 

Why should we take part?

We are very proud to have such an amazing community of gardeners in schools and groups across the UK. We see this event as a chance to celebrate all your good work and show others how fun growing food can be.
You can also use your Big Soup Share to: 

  • Create or strengthen links with your local community
  • Find new volunteers willing to help with your garden, and thank those that already do!
  • Promote your school garden to the rest of your school, group or community
  • Use our resources to help plan for your event and help you with what to do afterwards
  • Promote healthy eating to others
  • Raise funds by asking for donations towards the soup or by selling plants, cakes etc.
  • Gain press coverage by inviting your local paper or radio station along to your event
  • Put the work you do to run the event towards your Level 5 application in the School Gardening Awards and become an RHS Five Star Gardening School, as well as earn £200 in Gardening Gift Vouchers (if your celebration includes the local community)

You can use your Big Soup Share event to achieve whatever goal you like but ultimately we just want you to have fun! 

Get your free resource pack

To take part in the Big Soup Share 2018, fill out the web form below. We'll send you a resource pack towards the end of September, so that it reaches you in time for your event. The pack will include soup recipes, event posters, stickers and tips on how to run an event and involve the community.

We'll also make a number of new, downloadable resources available on this web page before then, including soup labels, a bunting template, invitations and thank you cards.

We are only able to send resource packs to schools and groups within the UK. All our online resources will be available online for those based further afield.

Share with us

Throughout your Big Soup Share celebration we would love for you to share your fun with us.
Tweet your photos and video clips to @RHSSchools using #SoupShare. You can also post to our Facebook page or email to share your event.


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Downloadable Resources

Watch this space! New look resources coming soon...

Online Resources

We've got loads of online resources to help you with your event! Click here to see some of our favourites.

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Winner of the Drum Marketing Awards 2017
Winner of the ERA 2017 awards
Winner of the Third Sector 2017 awards