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Ordinary people, as well as gardening experts, rose to the challenge: gardens, scrubland, allotments and even public parks were soon helping to feed a nation deprived of fresh produce.
A Green and Pleasant Land: How England's Gardeners Fought the Second World War
As Ursula Buchan reveals, this practical contribution to the Home Front was tackled with thrifty ingenuity, grumbling humour and extraordinary fortitude. The simple act of turning over soil and tending new plants became important psychologically for a population under constant threat of bombing and even invasion. Gardening reminded people that their country and its more innocent and insular pursuits were worth fighting for. Gardening in wartime Britain was a part of the fight for freedom.
It also unearths some unexpected facts - such as the liberal use of cyanide as a pesticide. This book is a rattling good read that reveals a new and broad perspective on one of the most intriguing aspects of British garden and wartime history.
Award Winning Journalist and Author | Ursula Buchan
It's tempting to pick through it and extract your favourite bits, but eventually you realise that eating the entire thing is actually more satisfying An immensely rewarding read. All sorts of people found solace in creating small regions of abundance and fertility, a counter to the annihilating wastefulness of war.
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