Albert Memorial allotments, 1941

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  • “Victory gardens were planted in backyards and on apartment-building rooftops, with the occasional vacant lot “commandeered for the war effort!” and put to use as a cornfield or a squash patch. During World War II, sections of lawn were publicly plowed for plots in Hyde Park, London to publicize the movement.”

    - Victory Gardens

    Image by William Vandivert, from the LIFE Magazine collection.

    NB: The specks in the sky of this image are barrage balloons.

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    2 comments to Albert Memorial allotments, 1941

    • CrocodileJock

      Fantastic image. It’s now subject of discussion on Robert Elm’s show on BBC Radio London 94.9, the Notes & Queries segment, to be precise… (cos I sent it to him!)

    • Rebecca

      Great image! Given the waiting lists for allotments in London, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw this happen again. Apparently the spending cuts we’re experiencing at the moment haven’t been seen since WWII.

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