September Activity of the Month: Forestry

This month we focus on the work of the Women’s Timber Corps, who are often forgotten in discussion of the Women’s Land Army. Women would have undertaken this work all year around, but it only seems appropriate to draw attention to the diversity of the work they undertook.

Women's TImber Corps

From left to right, top to bottom:

  • Lumber Jills measuring trees to be sent off for use as telgraph poles and pit props near Wareham, Dorset. Source: Geoff Shute
  • Felling at tree at Culford, Suffolk. Source: Catherine Procter
  • Rolling logs, near Wareham Dorset. Source: Geoff Shute
  • Peeling bark at Culford, Suffolk. Source: Anne Saunders
  • Lumber Jills enjoying tea in their break. Source: Anne Saunders

Farming activities included:

  • Preparation for gimmer and draft ewe sales
  • Wether lambs sold as they finish or as store lambs for further fattening
  • Wean lambs
  • Combine harvest cereals, bale and cart straw
  • Ploughing and general cultivations
  • Harvest potatoes
  • Drill winter wheat, oilseed rape and barley


Source: Farm

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