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Palm House and Parterre
Palm House and Parterre
planting bulbs on the Broadwalk
planting bulbs on the Broadwalk
Barrons Tree Transplanter
Barrons Tree Transplanter
Sir Joseph Hooker at his writing desk
Sir Joseph Hooker at his writing desk
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, RBG Kew, World War II
Female gardener, RBG Kew, World War II
Kew bees
Kew bees
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