Friday, 27 May 2011

Article - Young Get a Taste of War (Edingley)

A second world war Anderson shelter complete with dig-for-victory garden has been recreated at an Edingley farm by a group of young archaeologists.

The Newark and District Young Archaeologists’ Club has built the wood, earth and corrugated iron structure as part of an active historical project into life in the 1940s.

The shelter was built to original plans and all materials are authentic and to scale.

The garden has been planted with potatoes, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, beetroot and herbs — all original varieties and not the array of international vegetables we see on our plates today.

Money for the structure and garden, which took a little over two months to erect and plant, was provided by Southwell Lions and Nottinghamshire county councillor Mr Andy Stewart.

The club leader, Sue Rodgers, said: “This has been a tremendous learning experience for the young people here. Building the shelter has made history come to life for them.

“The physical making of the shelter and the planting of the garden makes the whole experience of learning about history real for them.

“That is something you just can’t get from reading a book or looking at pictures.”

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