The Women’s Land Army Tribute project was established by the Staffordshire Women’s Food and Farming Union.
THE AIMS OF THE PROJECT :
To raise enough funds to provide a permanent memorial and lasting tribute.
- To commission a sculptor to design and create an appropriate memorial, which would be installed and erected at the National Memorial Arboretum.
- To organise an appropriate dedication ceremony.
- To raise awareness of the project and make every effort to contact former Women’s Land Army Girls and Lumber Jill’s.
HOW WERE WE GOING TO ACHIEVE IT?
We promoted a high profile fundraising campaign to achieve the aims of our project. We sought quotations for all aspects of the project from appropriate experts and invited them to tender for the work through a proper tendering process which was overseen by the Staffordshire WFU under the umbrella of the National WFU. We raised funds through grants, sponsorships and donations.
WHEN WERE WE GOING TO ACHIEVE IT?
We aimed to have the memorial designed, manufactured and installed at the National Memorial Arboretum as soon as was possible (i.e as soon as the money was raised). (It actually took four years of fundraising and the memorial was unveiled on October 21st 2014).
THE MEMORIAL DEDICATION
We aimed to have a ceremony to dedicate the memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum when the project was completed. The memorial would recognise and acknowledge the achievements of the Women’s Land Army and Women’s Timber Corps – a legacy for future generations.
The Women’s Food and Farming Union (WFU) was founded in 1979 and had branches all over the UK. The Staffordshire branch started in 1985. The WFU was a voluntary organisation committed to promoting an understanding of, and confidence in, all aspects of quality British produce. Its strap line was ‘Linking Producer with Consumer’ and members endeavoured to represent the interests of both consumers and producers to the benefit of British agriculture. www.wfu.org.uk