Food and farming union to launch tribute to the British Land Girls
A NEW campaign to honour the British Land Girls has been launched by Staffordshire Women’s Food and Farming Union.
The ‘WLA Tribute’ will pay homage to the women who kept British farming going throughout the two World Wars.
The WFU group is now raising funds for a lasting memorial to honour the work of the Women’s Land Army, to be sited at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, where it is hoped a bronze sculpture based on the Land Girl of the famous wartime recruitment poster will also feature.
The memorial will also reflect the work of the Lumber Jills, members of the Women’s Timber Corp, formed to maintain vital supplies of timber during the war.
The Women’s Land Army was first formed in 1917 and the Land Girls, as they became known, were trained in agricultural skills and posted around the country to work on British farms.
By 1943 there were more than 80,000 Land Girls, producing 70 per cent of Britain’s food.
A spokesman for the National Memorial Arboretum, which is part of The Royal British Legion family of charities, said they regularly receive enquiries from visitors asking if there is a memorial to the Land Girls.
Julie Scott, WLA Tribute co-ordinator and WFU member says: “The Women’s Land Army fed our parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles - they fed Britain throughout the war - and they deserve the tribute of a permanent memorial to acknowledge this.
”We feel very passionate about the responsibility that has been bestowed upon us and have approached many farming and food businesses and organisations, asking them for donations or to make WLA Tribute their charity of the year,” she adds.
To create the memorial and fund a maintenance schedule and dedication ceremony, the WFU needs to raise between £80,000 and £100,000.
Staffordshire WFU has created a website where more information, posters and photographs can be found.
There will also be a Paypal facility to enable people to donate online, and Land Girl related merchandise will soon be available to help boost the fund.