Friday, 8 June 2012

News - Search for Notts 'lumberjills' to tell their wartime stories (Notts/Yorks)

NOTTS women who worked as "lumberjills" in wartime are being sought to tell their story.

Women who worked felling, cutting and measuring logs in a North East England wood in the 1940s are being asked to share their experiences.

Groundwork North East, which is a federation of charities, wants to work with the Forestry Commission and the Friends of Chopwell Wood to set up a heritage project recording the experiences of the Women's Timber Corps.

Members of the corps, which was set up in 1942 as an offshoot of the Land Army, served in Chopwell Wood, near Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.

Women from all over the country, including Notts, were involved and at its peak the corps employed thousands.

If you or a member of your family served in the corps, contact Joanne Norman on 0191 567 2550 or


Missed this story initially but it has recently been brought to my attention via the Yorkshire Post with updated contact details:
Anyone who has family that served in local Forestry Commission woods during the Second World War, is urged to contact Petra Young on 01751 472771 or email via

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