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Helping the Food Controller in 1000 Home Gardens at Bournville

Self-sufficiency in a Midlands garden suburb supports national resilience during WWI

1918 6 mins Silent


Everything's abundant and every season offers opportunities to grow in this account of urban agriculture in Birmingham's suburb of Bournville. Workers for the confectioners Cadbury are housed by their employers, with gardens quickly turned to productive use. Dressing for gardening seems rather formal but the whole family lends a hand and there's even a dedicated children's corner.