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Digging For Victory

A taste of life during World War Two is being experienced by History students who have set up their own allotment to recreate the Dig For Victory campaign.


Just like millions of Britons during the 1939-1945 war, the students are growing their own vegetables in a bid to understand what life was like in Britain seventy years ago.

The Dig For Victory campaign was introduced by the government during the war in response to a food shortage. People were expected to turn their lawns and flower beds into allotments in a bid to feed their families and their neighbours.

Kirsty Farrar, who teaches the GCSE History class, said: "The Home Front is a GCSE module this year, so we thought it would be a good idea for the students to keep their own allotment so that they could get a feel for what life was like during the war years.

"As we established an allotment last year behind the PNS faculty it seemed like the perfect idea."

The students will be establishing their allotment in virgin soil, and went out with gardening equipment on Monday to start turning over the soil.

A variety of winter vegetables will then be planted and the students will take ownership of looking after and nurturing their crop.

Lauren Stratford, who is part of the history group said: "I think its a great idea and I have really enjoyed it so far.

"I think it will make it easier to relate to the subject as we will have a better understanding of what life was like for those who were in Britain during the war."

A Gardening Club meets on alternate Wednesdays during Session 3. Anyone who is interested in joining should contact PNS teacher Neil Price.