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Women gardeners put on their clogs ready for work, World War II
Women gardeners put on their clogs ready for work, World War II
Female gardener working in the orchid house, during World War II
Female gardener working in the orchid house, during World War II
Women gardeners at Kew, 1939-1945
Women gardeners at Kew, 1939-1945
Potato tuber slices being dried in trays of peat, WWII
Potato tuber slices being dried in trays of peat, WWII
Female gardener, RBG Kew, World War II
Female gardener, RBG Kew, World War II
Women gardeners put on their clogs ready for work, World War II Featured Image

Women gardeners put on their clogs ready for work, World War II

Women gardeners were employed at Kew during World War II, after an interval of nearly a quarter of a century. Fourteen women were enrolled onto the staff in 1940, joined by a further thirteen in 1941. The women referred to their unifrom of apron and clogs as battledress'. The clogs were wooden soled shoes with leather uppers. One of the women, Jean Thompson told colleague Betty Cooper: "My most vivid impression was the difficulty I had balancing on the rocks in my clogs."

© RBG KEW