During the Second World War, food shortages and fears over food availability, led to the Government introducing the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign, encouraging the population to produce their own food. The population was urged to use gardens and any spare piece of land, such as parks and golf courses, to grow vegetables.
Later in the War, with victory assured, the message turned to ‘Dig for Plenty’. No longer was the message to create new allotments and growing areas; it was instead one to maximise output from the plots that already existed.
This garden at Yalding, is themed around that late-war/post-war period; representing a fairly typical allotment of the time – originally complete with its own chicken-run. However, one significant difference, is that whilst it represents a period where ‘modern’ synthetic chemical fertilisers and pesticides were being advocated as a way of boosting production; the Yalding allotment has always been cultivated organically.
This garden is the one that will be most familiar to the avid vegetable gardener or allotmenteer – who will also have an understanding of just how much hard-work is required to keep it in order and full production.
Unfortunately though, it is that same ‘high human input’ requirement that means that this garden cannot be looked-after properly during the current period of uncertainty and it has currently been ‘put-to-bed’ until the resources it requires are available.
(A WWII ‘Dig for Victory’ video ia available, here.)