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To mark the centenary of the end of WWI, Cheshire West and Chester Council is launching a Victory Garden competition.

The competition will be open to schools, community groups and allotment associations as well as town and parish councils.

The victory garden initiative was set up during WWI by the Ministry of Food to encourage people to grow their own food.

Harsh rationing meant that food was scarce and so a campaign was started to urge people to use any spare land to grow vegetables.

This included gardens, parks, golf clubs and even the moat at the Tower of London!

Cllr Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, said: “The Victory Garden competition aims to create a community spirit around the celebration of the end of the First World War by encouraging schools and communities to grow their own vegetables, just like they did in 1918.

“As well as celebrating this important time in our history participants will also create a garden that is sustainable and attractive.”

A special harvest event will complete the initiative in October, bringing together everyone who has taken part to meet, share stories and celebrate their successes.

To register for the competition please email: [email protected]

To help get schools and groups get started, the council has a number of ‘starter packs’ comprising a range of seeds.

The seeds will be issued on a first come first served basis and must be requested by Thursday 12th April 2018.

Information about what a victory garden is, which the best vegetables to grow are and recipes from the period will be available online at: www.westcheshirelocalities.co.uk

 

Image credit: Cheshire West and Chester Council

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