How We Dug for Victory: Notcutts Garden Centres

Recently, I was sent an “infographic” by the marketing guys for Notcutts Garden Centres and was asked if I would like to use it on my blog.   First of all I wanted to find out exactly what an infographic is.    Thank goodness for Google!   Infographic  is a graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly.

I rather liked this infographic, designed by Kate Southgate from Crafted,  so decided to share it with  you, check out the recipes!

Victory Gardens

Early in WW1  Parliament passed a law that any untaxed land not being used f0r the production of food could be taken over by authorities and parcelled out as allotments.  In 1917, 2.5 million acres of land was taken over for farming and by 1918 there were around 1,500,000 allotment plots.  The Land Army started in 1915.  Towards the end of 1917 there were over 250,000 – 260,000 women working as farm labourers, with 20,000 in the land army itself.  The government wanted women to get more involved in the production of food and do their part to support the war effort.  This was the beginning of the Women’s Land Army.

Dig for Victory

Within one month of the outbreak of WW2, the “Dig for Victory” campaign was launched.  Gardens were transformed into mini-allotments.   By 1943 millions of tons of vegetables were being grown in gardens and allotments.  The government started the Women’s Land Army in June 1939.  The majority of the Land Girls already lived in the countryside but more than a third came from London and the industrial cities of the north of England.  In the Second World War, The Ministry of Agriculture and Fish asked for volunteers and was supplemented by conscription, so that by 1944 it had over 80,000 members.  The Women’s Land Army lasted until its official disbandment on 21 October 1949.

Victory Garden Infographic

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