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Compost Heap

Compost Heap 1942


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Compost Heap 1942

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Joy Batchelor, John Halas

This animated Ministry of Information cartoon (by Halas and Batchelor) features a talking cabbage plant who introduces ‘Mr Middleton’ (a depiction of the gardening expert and broadcaster Cecil Henry Middleton), who then provides commentary in his gently spoken style, encouraging the use of compost heaps to produce humus to feed vegetable plants. Accompanied by a lively soundtrack, cartoon figures are seen working inside a compost heap, the ‘Plant Canteen’, preparing, cooking and delivering food.

This trailer supported the highly successful ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign, which encouraged the public to grow their own food during a time of strict rationing. Open spaces were transformed into allotments, and lawns and flowerbeds were turned into vegetable gardens.

Directed by

Joy Batchelor

John Halas


Government sponsored film Animation & Artists Moving Image


Dig For Victory Gardening Food Vegetables Compost World War II


Dig for Victory Public Information Films




United Kingdom

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