From left Wilkin & Sons Chairman Walter Scott with Michael Portillo, who stars in Great British Railway Journeys
– Photo credit: Wilkin & son
The women who worked on a fruit farm in Essex during the World Wars will be featured in a television documentary on BBC2.
Documentary filmmaker and train fanatic Michael Portillo filmed at Wilkin’s jam factory for & Sons in Tiptree an episode of Great British Railway Journeys airing Tuesday, May 4th at 6:30 pm.
« It has been a great pleasure to welcome Michael Portillo and his Great British Railway Journeys Film Crew to our Tiptree Farm « He said.
» Your subject was the role of the Land Army girls who tended the land and helped grow and harvest the crops, including our fruits, to ensure the land was kept safe during the war was fed. We filmed in our Damson orchard, the day was a great success and we are sure that Mr. Portillo enjoyed his time with us. “
During the First and Second World Wars, women occupied the jobs of men who had gone to battle. The women’s land army was formed for women to work in agriculture. In Tiptree, more than 40 women worked on the company’s farms in the spring of 1942.
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