May 1945: 60,600 Land Girls working on the land. Land Girls encouraged to look out for the Colorado beetle, report and send specimens to the Ministry of Agriculture. Mrs F.C (Inez) Jenkins becomes Chief Administration Officer of the Women’s Land Army.
June 1945: A senior Resettlement Officer, Ministry of Labour, had been touring hostels, giving talks on careers after war.
July 1945: Minister of Agriculture informs Women’s Land Army county secretaries that the organisation will be needed ‘at least until the harvest of 1948’.
September 1945: Ministry of Agriculture regretted that it was not possible to grant an early release from the Women’s Land Army, despite end of war, since it was vital for the harvest to be secured.
March 1946: 30,000 new members needed as the same amount of wartime volunteers are demobilised.
8th June 1946: Land Army marches in the Victory Parade, London.
August 1946: 54,000 Land Girls working on the land. 750 Land Girls march through City of London to receive armlets from the Queen.
31st August 1946: Women’s Timber Corps disbanded.
January 1947: Two weeks paid holiday per year announced for Land Girls.
February 1947: ‘One More Furrow’: Minister of Agriculture sent a letter to every Land Girl encouraging them to continue working in the Land Army.
March 1947: ‘The Land Girl’ ceases publication, with the free newsletter ‘Land Army News’ as its replacement.
June 1947: ‘Land Army News’ first published (initially delayed because of a fuel crisis).
August 1947: Proposed increase in minimum wage for agricultural workers, including a maximum board and lodging deduction to be fixed for Land Girls billeted by their employees (no longer any county by county variation). The Women’s Employment Federation suggested future careers for Land Girls.
16th December 1947: ‘Party at the Palace’ given by Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. The couple were presented with a breakfast table of inlaid mahogany and clock (chosen by the Princess).
26th January 1948: Minister of Agriculture says that the Women’s Land Army would go on for a further two or three years. Land Army County Committees are dissolved.
30th November 1950: The Women’s Land Army was disbanded.
Content adapted from timelines in ‘Land Girls And Their Impact’ (Ann Kramer) and ‘We Wouldn’t Have Missed It For The World: The Women’s Land Army in Bedfordshire 1939 – 1950‘ (Stuart Antrobus)