Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 12:45

The Big Lunch reached new heights today (May 1, 2014), with a spectacular rooftop picnic at the Eden Project to mark one month to go until the big day on June 1

Children, dogs, Big Lunch organisers and supporters flocked to the grassy bank between the Rainforest and the Mediterranean Biomes to celebrate the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours.
To get the message across loud and clear, the picnic blanket spelled out June 1. On that date this year, Big Lunches will take place in cities, town and villages right across the UK for the sixth time.

On what was a wet day across the Westcountry, the showers stopped and the sun peeped out for long enough for the Big Lunchers to sit down together and enjoy the lofty dress rehearsal for next month’s event.

Susan Smith, who will be organising a Big Lunch at Abbeyfield House in nearby St. Austell, said: “We are really happy to come along and celebrate one month to go until The Big Lunch. The sense of community up on the roof is great and it was a fantastic way to kick off planning for our own event.”

Peter Stewart, Eden Joint Executive Director, said: “What better way to celebrate one month to go until The Big Lunch than a picnic here at the Eden Project, where the idea all began. Not only did the picnic look magnificent from the sky but there was a great buzz as everyone sat down to sandwiches, squash, Victoria sponge and a beautiful view.”

The Big Lunch is a simple idea to encourage neighbours to get together on the first Sunday of each June.  The Lottery-funded initiative provides the perfect recipe for people to have fun, feed community spirit and help build stronger neighbourhoods.

There is still plenty of time to organise a Big Lunch, as events can be any size or shape and can adapt to fit each individual community. They needn’t be expensive either, as everyone brings something to the table. The picnic blankets for today’s lunch were donated by Reuseful UK, a national resource sharing charity that supports The Big Lunch.

To inspire people to put on their own Big Lunch, free packs are available from  Packs contain invitations and posters to adapt, as well as seeds, a bunting template and an inspiration booklet with lots of ideas and info to help get started.