WW2 Photo: Women wartime foresters

Women's Forestry Corps

‘Swinging across the farrowed British countryside is an army of over forty thousand women. This is the Women’s Land Army whose members are drawn from every walk of life, from shop and beauty parlour, from domestic work and art school. Many of these have now completed these years work on the land and would not change their jobs if the opportunity were given them.
British farmers, always inclined to wary of innovations in routine, are now enthusiastic in their workers. They are animals, driving, felling trees and undertaking all branches of agriculture and horticultural work with equal skill. The Timber Corps is a special section of the Land Army, for the work is particularly strenuous and requires perfect physical fitness. This photograph shows a number of the Corps at work in a forest in the north of England This photograph has been passed for censor.’

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