During the war, proficiency tests were introduced as a way of Land Girls measuring their skills and success on the farms. According to Grimwood, the ‘General Farming’ test involved the following:-
- Pulling and topping two rows of sugar beet
- Spreading two rows of muck
- Identifying different plants and weeds
- Answering questions on general farming
If they passed, Land Girls were awarded a ‘Proficiency Certificate in Field Work’. This showed how the government were awarding the increasing skills which the Land Girls were acquiring on the land.
Please see the image on the right which shows a ‘Women’s Land Army Proficiency Certificate’ awarded to Miss Winifred Collinson for General Farm Work. This photo was taken in the ‘Women At War’ hut at Eden Camp.
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