Big Soup Share

Whizz up your home-grown veg and turn them into soup to enjoy with others!

In the green box you'll find a host of downloadable resources to help you take part. You can also register your interest to take part in the Big Soup Share 2020! 

What is the Big Soup Share?

The Big Soup Share 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.

After your event, we would love you to share your pictures and stories with us so we can see what you got up to! 

On this page you’ll find lots of resources and activities to help you make your Big Soup Share extra special.

Who can take part?

Any schools, youth groups or community groups based in the UK can take part and apply to receive pack full of resources to help with your event. The premise is simple and we think it's a great way to engage with young people, whether young people are a part of your group already, or you're looking to engage with them more.

When can you host an event?

The Big Soup Share took place between Monday 7 October and Sunday 13 October 2019. You can use our online and printable resources to start planning, or to host your own unofficial Soup Share event whenever you like.

Your event can last a lunchtime, a whole day, an evening – it's up to you! You might even like to host a whole week full of tasty meals and activities. 

Why should you take part?

We are very proud to have such an amazing community of gardeners in schools and groups across the UK. We see the Big Soup Share 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! 
For some inspiration, what not have a look at what our members have done for #SoupShare in the past.


Take part in 2020...

Health and wellbeing is very important to us at the RHS and following the Government’s update on 16 March 2020 and the ongoing situation with COVID-19, we are monitoring what this might mean for the Big Soup Share.

Click the button below to add yoursef to our mailing list and we'll let you know what the plans are for 2020.

Register your interest

How to take part...

We have loads of resources you can download to bring your event to life, some are customisable too. 


We've got four fab new recipes for you to try:

Here are two of the recipes from last year that you can download and try for yourselves:

We've won awards!

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