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Sign-ups for Victory Garden competition growing nicely!

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As you may have read on our website last month, to mark the centenary of the end of World War I, Cheshire West and Chester Council is encouraging schools and community groups to grow a Victory Garden.

Over 20 schools from across the borough, plus five community groups, have signed up and are receiving their free seeds this week, but there are still some packets available.

The Victory Garden initiative harks back to the campaign that 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, 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!

The council’s director of place operations, Maria Byrne said: “The competition is a great way for schools, community groups and allotment associations to get involved in marking the centenary and creating a real community feel about the creation of a vegetable garden.

“Schools or organisations thinking about entering the competition should get in touch now as they could be lucky and receive the last of the free seeds to help them get started.”

To celebrate the efforts of those groups who participate in the competition there will be a harvest event during October.

The event promises to be fun and inclusive, as well as supporting networking opportunities.

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

The few remaining free seeds will be issued on a first come first serve basis.

Information about what a Victory Garden is, which are the best vegetables to grow, recipes from the period plus lots more will be available online at: www.westcheshirelocalities.co.uk

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