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Larking About

By Philip_H
Memorial sculpture to the British "lumberjills" by Ray Lonsdale at Haygate Bank, Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire.

Commissioned by the Forestry Commission and entitled “Pull Don’t Push”, the steel sculpture is five metres long and three metres high and depicts a felled tree and two lumberjills. It captures the arduous nature of their work as well as the fun [lumberjills had] working in the forests during the war."

According to a BBC article some 9,000 British women were recruited to work in forestry during the war. The Women's Timber Service was set up during World War I, becoming the Women's Timber Corps (part of the Women's Land Army) in 1942. The lumberjills wore a green beret to distinguish their unit.

The Forestry Commission said 60% of timber needed in World War II was grown in Great Britain and 46% of trees were felled. By 1945, usable standing timber had been exhausted.

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Tags: Black and white Public art Dalby forest Memorial sculpture Forestry commission Womens Land Army Ray Lonsdale Lumberjills Womens Timber Corp Pull Dont Push Haygate Bank

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mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2081 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2018 12:31PM
Love this, and it's a revelation. All the Lonsdale works that I have seen are still, contemplative. I didn't know that he did playful too!

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Maiwand 12 3 73 England
17 Oct 2018 7:25PM
Beautiful shot Phil.
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2094 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2018 7:32PM
Nice fun action in this sculpture, and it looks like one girl is sawing the log whilst the other balances and is about to fall along with the log. An unusual memorial, but one that will be admired for its quirkiness.
Chinga Plus
8 3 1 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2018 3:17PM
Exquisite sculpture...
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