May Activity of the Month: Cultivating Apples

Women's Land Army May Collage

Women’s Land Army May Collage

From left to right, top to bottom:

  • Land Girl, Miss Winnie Kent, pictured collecting apples. Source: IWM D 10761
  • Spraying apple orchards at Cockayne Hatley. Source: Stuart Antrobus
  • Land owner Mr. Whitehead shows a land army girl what to do in his Cockayne Hatley apple orchard. Source: Stuart Antrobus
  • Members of the Women’s Land Army prune apple trees in an orchard during a pruning test in the First World War. Source: IWM Q 54599

Other activities included:

  • Clean out all livestock buildings
  • Fencing and walling repairs
  • All lambs tailed, castrated, ear-notched and ear-tagged
  • Fertiliser and muck spreading
  • Stock removed from silage fields and fertiliser is spread to allow six weeks growth before cutting
  • Shear the long tails of the sheep to prevent fly strike
  • Spray potatoes, cereals, sugar beet and peas

Source: Farm

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