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Statue to 'lumberjills' unveiled
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The sculpture was designed by Fife artist Malcolm Robertson
The first memorial to the 5,000 members of the Women's Timber Corps (WTC) who ensured vital timber supplies during World War II has been unveiled.

A life size bronze sculpture of a 'Lumberjill' will stand in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park near Aberfoyle.

Recruits were enlisted to the corps as part of the Women's Land Army during World War II and posted across the UK.

Many were sent to remote areas, living in spartan conditions to undertake the heavy work of timber production.

The statue was commissioned by the Forestry Commission from Fife-based artist Malcolm Robertson and was unveiled by Environment Minister Michael Russell.

Physical labour

Rosalind Elder, who worked in the Women's Timber Corps and now lives in Canada, paid tribute to her colleagues who had served the cause during the war.

She said: "This statue will be a suitable memorial to the young women who worked long and hard during World War II to supply the much-needed timber for the war effort.

"Our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren on their visits from Canada and the USA will appreciate this beautiful site, a fitting forest background for the girls of the Women's Timber Corps."

The WTC was disbanded in August 1946, when each member was handed back her uniform along with a letter from Queen Elizabeth.

Mr Russell said: "I am delighted to help commemorate the hard working women of the Women's Timber Corps whose valiant, behind the scenes, effort helped Britain in the war effort.

"The women become affectionately known as 'Lumberjills', replacing men who had answered the call to war.

"The work the women did was hard, physical labour that helped keep the industry afloat, and it helped shape the forests we see around us today."

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