Tuesday, March 19, 2013

"An area the size of Rutland"

A book review by Ysenda Maxtone Graham in the current Spectator introduces a welcome new measurement. Writing of A Green and Pleasant Land: How England's Gardeners Fought the Second World War by Ursula Buchan, she says:
In 1942-3, there were 1,750,000 allotments, amounting to 100,000 acres, or an area the size of Rutland.
She also suggests that the slogan "Dig for Victory" was invented by Michael Foot in an unsigned Evening Standard leader in September 1939.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

About the only useful thing Foot did between 1939 & 1945 then