February Farming Activity of the Month: Ditching

February Ditching Collage

From left to right, top to bottom:

  • Land Girl Ditching near Ampthill. 29 Sep 1942. BP Box 1418. Courtesy of Stuart Antrobus, Ampthill images
  • Husborne Crawley. Demonstration by the Womens Land Army. 9 Mar 1943. BP Box 1510. Courtesy of Stuart Antrobus, Ampthill images
  • A rural scene with women of the Women’s Land Army working on land drainage. Four cranes are being used to create and maintain a series of drainage ditches filled with water. One of these cranes to the left has sunk into a water-logged patch of ground and is being dragged out with a pulley controlled by a group of WLA workers. The horizon is lined by trees and there are some farm buildings in the left foreground. Source: © IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 2987)
  • In the foreground a landgirl stands with her foot on a tree stump as she turns down the top of her boot. Behind her three other, similarly dressed women stand in a stream, digging. Two men stand in the field in the background watching the women at work at work. Painting by Leonard Daniels. Source: © IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 2979)

Other Farming Activities include:

  • General farm maintenance
  • Bringing in sheep for pregnancy scanning and housing
  • Feeding livestock
  • Calving
  • Spreading slurry

Source: Farm Direct.co.uk


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