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See Hampton Court on BBC2 with Monty Don and friends: Thurs 7 July (8-9pm) and Fri 8 July (7-8pm). Times subject to change

The Home Front


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Designed by
Tony Wagstaff, Southend Youth Offending Service
Built by
Southend Youth Offending Service

The Southend Youth Offending Service exhibit this year is a representation of a Home Front garden. In the pre-war period a lot of food, particularly vegetables, had been imported so food production at home became of prime importance.

The garden also recognizes the work of those who served in the Home Guard and were a part of the Dig for Victory campaign, which began with suburban gardens and allotments. Mr Wade, the fictional owner of this garden, was a keen flower grower but with the outbreak of war he turns the bottom of his garden to food production as “the lawn went on the compost heap”.


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