Friday 8th May sees the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. In commemoration, the members of the Leeds and District Allotment Federation recreated a traditional 1940’s allotment, at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show.
At the time, many UK food imports came via America and Canada, and supplies were vulnerable to attacks at sea.
Created by Professor John Raeburn, Head of Agricultural Plans Branch of the Ministry of Food, the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign is aimed at encouraging the British public to grow their own food and keep a small supply of livestock such as rabbits, goats, pigs and chickens.
During the war years, the number of allotment plots throughout the country hit peak numbers, as 1,117,000 people ‘did their bit for the war effort’.
Fronted by the Minister for Food, Lord Woolton, the government broadcast a weekly radio show and monthly pamphlets, giving gardeners a reminder of what tasks needed to be completed in the garden.