Women’s Land Army Tribute
‘‘remembering the work of the Women’s Land Army and Timber Corps with a lasting memorial’’
During the Great Wars, with the men away fighting, it was up to volunteer girls to work our rural lands, to help feed the war effort and the nation as well as helping to maintain wood supplies, hence the references to these young girls as Land Girls and Lumber Jill’s.
To date there is no National Monument within the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas in Staffordshire recognising what these girls achieved for our country. The Staffordshire branch of the Women’s Food & Farming Union (WFU) would like to rectify this and are raising funds to provide a lasting memorial to the Women’s Land Army and Timber Corps which will be sited within the Arboretum.
£65,000 has been raised so far, with many thanks to everyone who has so generously donated towards the memorial or supported one of our fundraising events.
All postal donations accompanied with a stamped addressed envelope and with the donor’s name clearly written will be acknowledged.
Great news ! we have chosen and commissioned our sculptor – Denise Dutton, from Leek in Staffordshire. Denise has created a beautiful maquette and is now working on the armature of the full life and a quarter sized sculpture. Meanwhile we are continuing with our fundraising as we have to provide a 20 year maintenance and insurance fund to look after the memorial once it is installed within the National Memorial Arboretum. Funds are also needed for the engraving of the plinth and installation and landscaping. If we can raise the £20,000 needed, we will have the memorial installed and hold a Dedication Ceremony in September 2014.