World War Zoo gardens project blog has passed the 5000th reader / web hit mark and is preparing for an award- can you help?

Display corner from World War Zoo gardens project June 2010 - Fox Rosehill Gardens, Falmouth, Cornwall display

Hooray! Our World War Zoo gardens project has just passed the 5000 reader mark since we started the blog in Summer 2009. 

We have also recently celebrated our first ‘podcast’ last week – have you heard this? 

We’re now putting the World War Zoo garden project, displays, launch weekend, Facebook & Twitter pages, blog and all forward for a prestigious BIAZA Education (General & Public Visitor) award.(British and Irish Association of Zoos And Aquaria) www.biaza.org.uk   The deadline is  July 23rd, 2010. 

We need your help! We always need feedback and comment from users, readers or visitors on such projects. 

Did it surprise you to learn about this neglected aspect of history? 

Did it surprise you to learn that a modern zoo has a wartime Dig For Victory allotment on one of its former lawns? 

Have you enjoyed looking at some of the objects in the zoo’s wartime collection, featured in photographs on the site? 

Did you get the connection? Has World War Zoo  made you think differently about the past and the resource challenges of the future? 

Has it evoked any interesting memories or family stories of the time? Would you like to share them with us? 

Some of our source material - old wartime gardening books by the fabulous Mr. Middleton, Imperial War museum seeds from their Ministry of Food exhibition online shop, 1940s varieties available from modern seed suppliers like Suttons, all in an ARP 1940s tin medical box - World War Zoo gardens display, Newquay Zoo

Many thanks to those of you who have already left comments or sent us emails about our project and its unusual way of communicating sustainability, recycling and grow your own and food miles “with a  Vera Lynn soundtrack” by looking at the experiences of zoos, aquariums and botanic gardens in the 1940s.   

We’d love you to leave us a comment.

You can browse the earlier articles back to July 2009 or look at our blogroll for useful links, including the excellent Imperial War Museum  Ministry of Food exhibition running throughout 2010.

You can comment via our blog direct to the project team.

Talk about fresh! Talk about food metres, not miles! Everyone gets conscripted or enlisted – Kat from our Cafe Lemur washing some of our surplus salad lettuce for use in the zoo cafe, once zoo keepers had used as much as they could! World War Zoo project, Newquay Zoo.
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7 Responses to “World War Zoo gardens project blog has passed the 5000th reader / web hit mark and is preparing for an award- can you help?”

  1. Trenton Meteer Says:

    good site!

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  2. autorepair Says:

    your blog’s design is simple and clean….

    Mind if I use some of the information from this post if I provide a link back to your site?…

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  3. Earl Caroline Says:

    Nice I found your blog post, lots of interesting stuffs out here. The information part of it was fine, and you have done bit of research thing, good job! Hope to read more posts in future. Try engaging new things. Keep the good work going.

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    • worldwarzoogardener1939 Says:

      Thanks for reading. Big bumper holiday post for August. Another post in September to celebrate 70 years of the Dig for Victory campaign.

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  4. artificial grass California Says:

    this is really nice.great post! your project is really amazing and i hope you don’t mind if i borrow some of your ideas. thanks!

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    • worldwarzoogardener1939 Says:

      Thanks for your comments – I’ve read some good blog posts and books on the American approach to Dig For Victory gardens, including the wartime and modern one at The White House. Great book called Defiant Gardens by Kenneth Helphand which covers some USA materails. Regards, Mark

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