Allotment built to promote relaunch of Dig for Victory

Profile of vegetable growing to get boost.

The Royal Parks has built an allotment at St James’s Park to raise the profile of “grow your own”. The 500sq m plot will be a feature of the park until the end of September this year, as part of a relaunch of World War Two’s Dig for Victory campaign. Dig for Victory encouraged people to grow their own fruit and vegetables to stay healthy. The Imperial War Museum is relaunching it to demonstrate how today’s population can also benefit from the grow-your-own approach. Baroness Andrews, who opened the allotment last week (24 May), said: “What we have got here is a wonderful opportunity to make sure people understand the value of growing their own food. We want a generation that wants to grow its own food and knows how to eat well, and which grows up healthy and remains active.” She added: “This is a wonderful example of how the Royal Parks is demonstrating its commitment and creativity.” The Royal Parks’ grounds maintenance contractor Enterprise Plant did most of the planting. London-based contractor Keltbray began building the allotment in March. The planting features old varieties such as Sutton Dwarf broad beans and Tomato Harbinger. Local community groups will maintain the allotment.

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