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The Parish Magazine January 2022

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HOME & GARDEN — 2

The Parish Magazine - January 2022 35

The Dig for Victory garden at Quorn & Woodhouse is set out as it would have been in the 1940's

Help our planet by digging for victory!

That's the message The Royal Horticultural Society

(RHS) wants to get across to everyone with a garden

with a modern-day ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign aimed at

helping to tackle climate change.

The original ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign was set up during

World War II by the British Ministry of Agriculture. It

encouraged everyone, men, women and children, to grow

their own food, and in doing so, help overcome the harsh

rationing of food caused by the war.

Open spaces everywhere were transformed into

allotments, from domestic gardens to public parks — even

the lawns outside the Tower of London were turned into

vegetable patches. A massive propaganda leaflet campaign

aimed to both ensure that people had enough to eat, and

that morale was kept high. The current recession, as well

as a new awareness of ‘food miles’ and climate change,

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has increased the demand for vegetable growing plots and

the trend is supported by new, comparable government

initiatives.

In response to this, The RHS is asking the UK’s 30

million gardeners to consider digging up their garden

paving and to plant trees, grass and bee-friendly flora,

instead, but this time, rather than for human survival, the

'Dig for Victory' campaign is to help nature survive.

The RHS has calculated that if every gardener in the

UK grew at least one medium-sized tree in their garden,

then that would be the equivalent of storing the carbon

produced from driving 11 million times around the planet.

Research from a YouGov survey has found that only

19% of gardeners have adopted sustainable gardening

practices, so there is lots of room for improvement!

IN THE ARK AT ST ANDREW'S CHURCH

Sunday 16 January at 3pm

Our theme is HOPE — we HOPE to see you there!

revkate@sonningparish.org.uk

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