The RHS’s involvement in Dig for Victory
The RHS had been heavily involved with the production of food and the establishment of allotments during the First World War. At the advent of the Second World War the RHS was a member of the Allotments Co-ordinating Council and key members of RHS staff advised on the ‘Dig for Victory Campaign. This and previous involvement in the war effort meant the RHS was well placed to advise on domestic food production and vegetable cultivation.
Publications and educating the public
Several successful pamphlets and books were written by the RHS such as ‘The Vegetable Garden Displayed’ and ‘Simple Vegetable Cooking’- which contained amongst others a recipe for sprout puree.
The RHS developed the 'Dig for Victory' box, to help the nation grow fruit and vegetables. It consisted of photographs and exhibition boards housed in a wooden crate. The exhibition travelled from place to place using the railway.
Evidence from the RHS records show that land army girls were based at RHS garden Wisley for a period during WW2 and that many studied for RHS qualifications to improve their horticultural knowledge whilst working the land.