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WW1 Victory Garden

To mark the centenary Cheshire West and Chester Council launched a Victory Garden initiative for schools. 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 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. Our caretaker Ken Potts rose to the challenge of creating our own  Victory Garden in the Quiet Garden, planting the seeds in late summer. The fruits of his labour are evident in the abundance of carrots, spring onions, cabbages and carrots that have grown. Our Year 12 historians helped dig up these vegetables dressed in wartime clothing in November, just after Armistice Day. The produce has been used by the Canteen for the benefit of our students and staff.