Harvesting belladonna plants in Dorking, normally exported from Germany.
Belladonna plants harvested in England for first time to replace imported drugs from Germany. Workers on a steep hillside gathering the plants. Pan as one man carries a bundle of it to add to a pile. C/U of worker standing in the midst of a bunch of growing belladonna cutting the plants. Extreme C/U of worker holding up a plant, pointing at the black berries.
Agriculture, medicine, pharmacology, World War One, home front, war work.
Note: Belladonna has medicinal value as muscle relaxant as well as use as a poison or a hallucinogenic drug. It is the leaves and roots of the plant from which the drug is extracted not the berries.
Modified WPA record.