Why there are allotments being dug in Avenham Park

Posted on - 1st July, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, History, Parks, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Avenham Park allotments have appeared
Avenham Park allotments have appeared

A series of vegetable patches have sprung up in a Preston park.


They are there to mark 100 years since Britain turned to allotments to help keep them fed during the First World War.

Following a poor harvest in 1916, and the severity of Germany’s blockades, rationing was taking hold and many homes started growing their own vegetables.

Preston City Council has planted vegetables in Avenham and Miller Parks to represent the food shortages which faced the country.

Cabinet member for community and environment councillor Robert Boswell said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to look at both the history of rationing and vegetable patches, not just in Britain but Preston’s direct involvement.

“Looking at how Prestonians struggled led to key historic sites, such as the Harris, being used as a food control office.

“I’d encourage everyone to head over to the parks and have a look; it is truly fascinating.”

Read more: A short history of Avenham Park landmarks

One of the allotments in Avenham Park
One of the allotments in Avenham Park

Vegetables being grown include peas, carrots, cabbage, beans, potatoes, broad beans, spinach, turnips, onions and radishes.

Information boards are being put up at the pavilion in Avenham Park explaining about the project.

Two allotment patches have been planted, at the Boer War memorial and the Derby Statue in Derby Walk.

Have you seen the allotments? What do you think of the project? Let us know in the comments below

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