Sharing Tables Award

We’ve teamed up with surplus food charity FareShare and skills organisation City & Guilds to launch a new Sharing Table Award worth £5,000 to celebrate and recognise the importance of communities sharing friendship, food, skills and resources.

Two women smiling and holding food at a Big Lunch

How does your community share?

We’re inviting communities to tell us how the act of sharing supports their community including their plans for sharing food on The Big Lunch weekend on 1-2 June.

We also want to know how they work together as a community to support nature and be planet friendly where they live. Communities are going green and we want to hear how!

This competition is now closed.

The Award


The community receiving the award will receive a specially designed The Big Lunch Sharing Table made by the people at City & Guilds, plus funds towards their community projects and ideas, and a hamper of food and resources for a Big Lunch that are together worth £5,000.

The sharing table design will be based around the needs of the community, whether it is a table with seats where a ‘knit and natter’ group can share conversation, a workbench for skills sharing or a picnic bench for food sharing outdoors. The winning community will work with City & Guilds, who will design and make a table from upcycled or reused materials to meet their needs.



Three finalists will each receive a hamper of goodies to support them to have a Big Lunch, and £500 towards their project or idea to support the local community.

Award Terms and Conditions


By participating in the competition you are agreeing to these competition terms and conditions. The competition is being run by Eden Project Communities [Eden Project Ltd].

Eligibility to Enter

The award is open to communities, streets, neighbourhoods or projects [hereafter referred to as ‘community’] across the UK.

The application must be from a person over 18 years of age, and resident in the UK.

Eden Project Communities’ employees and associates are excluded from the award.

All nominated communities should have access to an indoor or outdoor space no smaller than 3mx3m, suitable for installation of a table for communal use, with permission from the landowner.

By entering the competition, the nominator confirms that the nominator and the ‘community’ represented are eligible to do so and that the ‘community’ is eligible to receive any prizes that may be awarded.

There is a limit of one entry per ‘community’ and the competition is completely free to enter and no purchase is necessary.

The Award

One community will be awarded:

  • A specially designed The Big Lunch Sharing Table made by the people at City & Guilds. It’s anticipated the table will seat a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 8 people, with final numbers confirmed in the design stage.
  • Funds towards their community projects and ideas.
  • A hamper of goodies including food, materials and games to bring their community together for The Big Lunch.

The prize package is worth up to £5000.

Three further finalists will each receive:

  • A hamper of goodies to support their Big Lunch get together
  • £500 funding to help towards their community idea or project

The use of specific brands as prizes by Eden Project Communities does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement of such brands.

The award is non-transferable and non-exchangeable, and no cash alternatives will be provided.

We reserve the right to substitute awards of equal or greater value if circumstances beyond our control require doing so.

Eden Project Communities’ decision on any aspect of the competition is final and binding, and no correspondence will be entered into about it.

How to enter

Complete the form above answering all questions about the nominated community.  Shortlisted communities may also have a short interview either over the phone or video call.

Automated or incomplete entries will not be accepted.

The competition will close at 9am on Monday 20 May 2024. Eden Project Communities reserves the right to extend this deadline if deemed necessary.

Winner Selection

Applications close on 09:00am on Monday 20 May when entries will be sifted and shortlisted, with a final judging panel making decisions made up of senior representatives from Eden Project, FareShare and City & Guilds.

The winner and finalists will be announced on Monday 27 May when hampers will be delivered ahead of The Big Lunch on 1-2 June.

Eden Project Communities will make three attempts to contact the winners via the details provided.

If after three attempts to contact, a winner has not responded, they forfeit their right to the prize, and Eden Project Communities reserves the right to select and notify a new winner.

The selection by judging panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Delivery of the Award

Different elements of the prizes may be delivered separately.

The Big Lunch weekend is 1-2 June 2024. Support to hold a Big Lunch to celebrate the community will be focused around this weekend only.

The table will be designed and installed in consultation with the overall winning community.

Cash prizes will only be paid into a community or charity bank account, it cannot be paid into a personal bank account on behalf of the community.  If no community or charity bank account exists, the community should identify the items that they would like to spend the prize money on and the Eden Project Communities team will purchase on their behalf.

Data Protection and Publicity

You agree that any personal information that you provide when entering the competition will be used by Eden Project Communities for the purposes of administering the competition and for the other purposes as specified in our Privacy Policy.

All entrants may request the name of the winning community by emailing

The winning communities will be announced on Eden Project Communities website and social media channels.  The winners and finalists may also be announced through press media, with a photocall and press release.  By entering the competition, the nominator agrees that they and / or other community members will participate in media interviews, photography and broadcast moments as required.

Limitation of Liability

Eden Project Communities accepts no liability for any damage, loss, injury, or disappointment suffered by any entrants as a result of participating in the competition or being selected for a prize.


Eden Project Communities reserves the right, at any time and without prior notice, to cancel the competition or amend these terms and conditions.