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On Sunday 10th August, part of Countryfile’s Summer Special was dedicated to the work of the Women’s Land Army and Women’s Farm and Garden Union during World War One.

Click below to see the excerpt from the Countryfile Summer Special.

I had a great time researching in preparation for filming for the programme. I would like to extend a huge thank you to Stuart Antrobus (author of ‘We Wouldn’t Have Missed It For The World: The Women’s Land Army in Bedfordshire’), who helped me prepare for the day and put me in touch with Valerie Linder.

I had the pleasure of meeting Valerie, the daughter of WW1 Land Girl Dorothy Brown, who told me so much about her mother’s time in the Women’s Land Army. You can see some photos from Dorothy’s time in the Women’s Land Army here.

The issues of The Landswoman magazine shown on camera originally came from the family of Rachel Brenda Lees, the late Shropshire historian. If you’re interested in browsing through issues of the The Landswoman magazine, please click here.

To conclude this post, I share a few photos from the day – a memorable day at that!

Best Wishes

Cherish

The scene set ready for looking through issues of The Landswoman.

The scene set ready for looking through issues of The Landswoman.

Cherish Watton showing an issue of The Landswoman to Valerie Linder and her granddaughters.

Cherish Watton showing an issue of The Landswoman to Valerie Linder and her granddaughters.

Valerie Linder sharing her photos and artefacts from her mother's time in the Women's Land Army.

Valerie Linder sharing her photos and artefacts from her mother’s time in the Women’s Land Army.

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