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The New Crop
The New Crop

The New Crop 1944


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The New Crop 1944

19 mins United Kingdom Director. Ken Annakin

Who manages Britain's forests in wartime? With demand for timber relentless, the 'lumberjills' of the Women's Timber Corps work side by side with woodsmen. The coal mines need pit-props and the military services need materials urgently, so private woodland and state forest from Sussex Wold to Welsh hillside are felled and processed. But cropped woods must be re-sown if they are to yield again, so new conifer plantations are cultivated on the uplands.

A contemporary reviewer in the industry journal Documentary News Letter noted "something wrong somewhere" in the spruce plantations, yet felt unqualified to identify it. Today, however, we know the ecological risks of replacing native, broadleaf species with a monoculture of exotic conifers. Nevertheless, the vision of a multi-yield, managed forestry remains inspiring, presenting the last great stand of wood before the postwar advances in petrochemistry that would herald the plastic world of today.

Directed by

Ken Annakin


Documentary Government sponsored film War


World War II Afforestation Forestry Forestry Commission Wood Logging Trees Mountains of Wales


Dig for Victory Keep the Wheels Turning




United Kingdom



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