18 November 2013
Last updated at 13:18
A memorial to the 'lumberjills' - the women who worked in Britain's forestry during World War Two - has been unveiled in North Yorkshire. A two minute silence was held at the memorial on Remembrance Sunday.
The steel sculpture is at Heygate Bank in Dalby Forest in the middle of the North York Moors national park.
The lumberjills carried out heavy work - felling trees by hand, working in sawmills and driving tractors. The timber was made into telegraph poles, road blocks, packing boxes and gun butts for the war effort, and even crosses for war graves.
One of the lumberjills, Edna Holland, nee Lloyd (centre), now 88, trained in Wetherby and worked across the North York Moors throughout the war.
The steel sculpture by Ray Lonsdale, entitled Pull Don't Push, is meant to epitomise the work carried by lumberjills such as (l to r) Edna Holland, Catherine Pinnington, Margaret Rayner and Doreen Loewy. The sculpture can be seen at Haygate Bank in Dalby Forest near Pickering in North Yorkshire.
The Forestry Commission said the artwork, which depicts a felled tree and two lumberjills, captures the "arduous nature" of the women's work, and some of the fun they had at work.
The Women's Timber Service was set up in World War One and became the Women's Timber Corps in 1942. Nine thousand British women were recruited to work in forestry jobs, wearing green berets to distinguish their unit.
The Forestry Commission said 60% of timber needed in World War Two was grown in Great Britain, and 46% of trees were felled.