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Oatridge “Dig for Victory” Garden Recognised in Westminster

Published Wednesday, 29th October 2014 in Study at SRUC news

Oatridge Dig for Victory garden - Houses of Parliament

A group representing the Dig for Victory garden at SRUC Oatridge campus returned from the Houses of Parliament where they celebrated the Heritage Lottery Fund's First World War Centenary project.

The Oatridge garden, opened in August and established through a joint SRUC and Rural Connect initiative, received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It recognises the part Victory Gardens and the fruit and vegetables grown in them played in helping keep Britain fed during WW1. The varieties sown and planted in the garden are the same that were used in 1914.

Oatridge Horticulture lecturer George Gilchrist and Eric Burton of Rural Connect were joined at the parliamentary reception by the student employed to look after the garden during the summer Ray Collinson and her husband. The only Scottish entry invited, to join eleven others drawn from England and Wales, they met a number of invited MP’s and Peers.

The aim of the celebration was the launch of the Historypin First World war Centenary Hub on which the many projects across the country marking the centenary can create a project page and pin to an online map. They can use their page to upload photos, films and documents promoting their project and recording what they have done. HLF has invested more than £60million in over 1000 projects exploring the First World War.

Speaking at the celebration were TV historian Dan Snow and Number Ten’s special representative Dr Andrew Murrison MP, who mentioned the Oatridge project and its heritage vegetables in his speech.

It was appreciated by SRUC lecturer George Gilchrist.

“Everyone really enjoyed the event. It was great to see the interest shown in the heritage vegetable’s that we had grown in our World War 1 allotment, including the ones transported down to the House of Commons. Meeting the other lottery funded projects related to the WW1 was also quite inspirational. Like our project many of the others seek to get the local community involved, although not all are quite as hands on!”

For more information please see the heritage lottery twitter site and the Rural Connect website.

Photo caption (L-R): Eric Burton, George Gilchrist, student Ray Collinson and husband Kevin Moug who also volunteered on our project.

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