Dig For Victory: Do You Have Photos Or Memories Of The Wartime Campaign?

Horticulturalists have appealed for people with memories and photographs of the Dig For Victory campaign during the Second World War to get in touch.

Launched nearly 80 years ago, the campaign began because Britain imported the majority of its food from the rest of the world.

In the Great War, the Germans had disrupted shipping into British ports and the Government knew this was likely to happen again.

The solution was for the people to grow more at home and everyone could do their bit.

"[They would] turn ground that had never been gardened, or not been used for food growing, to food growing," explains Fiona Davison of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

"That was everything from tennis courts, on public parks to roundabouts to railway sidings. Anywhere had the potential to become an allotment."

Dig For Victory posters

The RHS played a key role in the Dig For Victory campaign, distributing display boards on how to plant and harvest certain crops step by step.

Now the organisation is planning a commemorative exhibition of the campaign and hope people will get in touch: "We don’t have many images of actual Dig For Victory gardens and allotments and so that’s what we’re putting an appeal out for," says Ms Davison.

"As that generation ages, there’s a risk this material and these memories might get lost.

"So we’d really like people to get in touch with us if they have family photographs maybe of relatives on allotments digging for victory."

If you have items you’d like to share or donate to the Dig for Victory exhibition, please email:[email protected].