First Memorial to the members of the Women's Timber Corps (W.T.C.) who insured
vital timber supplies during World War II has been unveiled.
A life size bronze sculpture of
stands in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park near Aberfoyle.
Recruits were enlisted to the Corps as part of the Women's Land Army during
World War II and posted across the UK. Many were sent to remote areas, living in
Spartan conditions to undertake the heavy work of timber production. The statue
was commissioned by the Forestry Commission from Fife-based artist Malcolm
Robertson and was unveiled by Environment Minister Michael Russell.
Creating a lasting memorial and "
As the WTC was a section of the
Women’s Land Army, it has had no official recognition of its efforts during the war. Until very recently there were no representative at official Armistice Day Parades and
no separate wreath at the Cenotaph - in fact, they had become the ‘Forgotten Corps'.
order to provide a lasting
memorial to the women of the WTC, Forestry Commission Scotland commissioned a
study in 2006, which concluded that the most appropriate site for
would be in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, with a preferred location being
David Marshall Lodge near Aberfoyle. This
is an established and well-appreciated
site, with many of the facilities required
from existing members of
In December 2006 a shortlist of
potential artists was drawn up, and Forestry Commission Scotland commissioned a
Robertson , to
create the memorial.
Mr. Robertson has previously worked on art installations
within the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.
is a life-size
bronze of a member of the WTC.
will approach it
from the back; this
the visitor appreciate the figure is female and that she
has her right hand raised to her face in what appears to be a salute.
Once the visitor reaches the front
of the sculpture it becomes apparent that she is looking out, perhaps reflecting
on past times, or simply looking over her work and efforts.
The site for the statue has been
donated by Forest Enterprise Scotland, and
a path will be constructed to, and
around, the base.