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WFU campaign for WWII Land Girls memorial at Arboretum
Land Girls
Many of the Land Girls made aspirational sacrifices to work in the country

Campaigners in Staffordshire are hoping to create a permanent memorial to the Land Girls of World War II.

These young women left their homes to work the land and feed the nation during wartime shortages and rationing.

At its peak, 80,000 Land Girls worked in the fields, and now members of the Women's Food and Farming Union (WFU) want their efforts to be recognised.

They plan to build a memorial garden at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA), near Alrewas in Staffordshire.

Eighty-six-year-old Olive Munden from the village of Stone, was one of the members of the Women's Land Army.

Olive insists that although the work was hard, and the hours long, everyone was aware of the importance of what they were doing:

"We were told how necessary it was for the food to be produced in the country because it was difficult to get anything from abroad," said Olive.

"I think we were very much appreciated really, but as I say, we just go on with it, everyone was doing their best to help with the war effort, one way or another."

Permanent memorial

The campaign came about after the NMA told the Staffordshire branch of WFU that there was, as yet, no permanent memorial to the Land Girls.

Surprised by this fact, members of the WFU were determined to start a campaign to recognise the achievements and sacrifices of the Women's Land Army.

The design of the memorial is based around a garden with a sculpture at the centre and is expected to cost in the region of £40,000.

The WFU needs help to raise the money and is also asking for anyone who wants get involved to call them on 018895 908250.

Julie Scott, from the WFU, said: "If Land Girls hadn't worked so hard, we would have run out of food, so that's how important their contribution was and that's why it's so important that we're able to put this garden in the Arboretum and it's somewhere for people to go and reflect and remember the work that they did."

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