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Land Girls Memorial Fund Welcomes Stamp of Approval

The launch of a First Class stamp by Royal Mail, recognising the war efforts of the Women’s Land Army (WLA), is a welcome boost to the fundraising campaign for a permanent memorial to be erected in Scotland to honour the work of these remarkable women.

The Land Girl stamp is one of eight in a special commemorative set entitled Britain Alone, which celebrates the great sacrifices of the British people in 1940 when the country stood isolated after the Dunkirk evacuation.

NFU Scotland President, Jim McLaren, is part of a steering group, which aims to raise £60,000 over the coming months to commemorate the WLA, often referred to as the forgotten army.   The steering group contains representatives from NFU Scotland, The National Museum of Rural Life, NFU Mutual, the Scottish Farmer magazine and the Scottish Women’s Rural Institutes.

The campaign is off to a flying start with potential sites for the memorial being offered by the Crown Estates and more than £9,000 has already been collected in the first few weeks of fundraising.

Mr McLaren, whose mother is a former Land Girl, said:

“It is important that we continue to remind every generation of the contribution to the war effort made by this group of remarkable women who volunteered to work so hard to put food on the nation’s tables at such a difficult time.  The work they undertook was laborious, they were often ill equipped, cold and lonely and, regrettably, their work has often been overlooked because they were volunteer workers, rather than conscripted.

“The inclusion of the Land Girls in this commemorative stamp collection is thoroughly deserved.   We want to further recognise their efforts by commissioning and erecting a permanent memorial to the WLA in Scotland. 

“In the first few weeks of the campaign, we have already seen individuals and companies come forward with generous contributions because the need to recognise the efforts of the WLA has struck a real chord with the whole Scottish industry. This is a truly worthy appeal.   We want to build on the momentum behind it and have plans for something special to be held on the NFUS/NFU Mutual stand at the Royal Highland Show in June.”     

NOTES TO EDITORS

  • If you would like any more information about the Land Army Memorial Scotland (LAMS) campaign, please get in touch with Sarah Anderson on 0131 472 4108 or e-mail sarah.anderson@nfus.org.uk. 
  • If you would like to donate to LAMS please send a cheque payable c/o Sarah Anderson to Land Army Memorial Scotland, NFU Scotland, Rural Centre, West Mains, Ingliston, Newbridge, EH28 8LT.  Alternatively you can make a transfer directly to RBS Corstorphine, sort code:  83-19-04; A/c no. 10143949
  • The 1st Class Land Girl stamp is one of eight in a special commemorative set entitled Britain Alone, which celebrates the great sacrifices of the British people in 1940 when the country stood isolated after the Dunkirk evacuation. Also featured are civil defence organisations like the Home Guard, women who worked in factories, air raid wardens, young evacuees, the contribution of the Royal princesses and the man who symbolised Britain’s bravery and defiance - Sir Winston Churchill.

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Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

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News Article No.: 76/10


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