After the war, Britain was keen to sit back and smell the roses

When Victory in Europe was announced on 8 May, 1945 the British nation was ecstatic, celebratory – and exhausted. The country had fought with every sinew, and that battle – as with our current crisis – depended not just on those on the front line but in every household and every job.

In 1939 pleasure gardening had more or less been put on hold. 

But when the soldiers came home in 1945 and women who had spent the war working in factories or other essential war work returned to their conventional role as housewife and mother, they wanted a home they could enjoy rather than one that was an extension of their effort to win the war.

People wanted peace, colour, ease, and above all normality.

One of the direct results of the Blitz, which destroyed so many homes, was the urgent building of new dwellings – many in new towns – which had gardens attached. This was a transformative experience for many people.

Read more at the Daily Mail (Monty Don)

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