By (author) Twigs Way
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Allotments by Twigs Way
Book DescriptionThe humble allotment has a surprisingly turbulent history. Initially the right to an allotment was proposed as a charitable means by which the poor could grow their own food and stave off starvation, but it quickly entered political and social debate. During the World Wars the allotment became the focal point on the home front, as families took part in the Dig for Victory campaigns. The post-war years saw a decline in the popularity of the allotment as the supermarket took over from home-grown produce. Successive governments condemned allotments in favour of new housing. Recently, however, with increased concerns about the environment and the organic movement, allotments are in vogue once more. This book charts the rise and fall of the allotment - and the factors behind its most recent resurgence. Drawing on original documents and illustrations, the author explores the fascinating and surprising history of the allotment within the context of its social and political history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780747806813
(210mm x 149mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Shire Publications Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 10-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Twigs Way
Carnation, Hardback (November 2016)
As it ranges from the traditions of the medieval marriage bed to Renaissance paintings of the Madonna and Child, this lavishly illustrated book will entertain anyone with an interest in history, art or culture. It is full of unexpected delights that will charm the mind and invigorate the senses - just like the carnation itself.
Passion for Gardening, Hardback (June 2015)
Who were the earliest gardening gurus? What were the biggest trends of the 1930s and what happened during the Second World War when the country was urged to "dig for victory"? In this book, all these questions are answered and illustrated with advertisements and literature that appeared as our passion for gardening increased over the years.
Wartime Garden, Paperback (February 2015)
In 1941 Lord Woolton, Minister for Food, was determined that the Garden Front would save England: 'Dig for Victory' was the slogan, digging for dinner the reality. This book offers a fully illustrated look at the time when gardening saved Britain.
Edwardian Gardener's Guide, Hardback (June 2014)» View all books by Twigs Way
It is Edwardian England, and a delightful flower garden and fruitful allotment are matters of personal pride, boons for the family dinner table, and even 'important acts of local patriotism'. This book gives a glimpse of the pre-First World War 'golden era' of British gardening.
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Author Biography - Twigs Way
Dr Twigs Way trained as an archeologist and later developed a particular interest in garden and landscape history. She has designed programs in garden history for the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education and has lectured for Birkbeck College, London. Her latest book Virgins, Weeders and Queens: A History of Women in the Garden was published in 2006.
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