Image of the group of volunteers at the 'Lend a Hand on the Land' camp at Laleham Park, London, 1950. Dorothy Arnold is seated on the bottom row, second from right. On the rear is written, "Joan and I farming at laleham Park, London"
Image of the group of 'Lend a Hand on the Land' volunteers at Lulsgate Bottom, Bristol, 1949. Dorothy Arnold is on the bottom row, third from the left. On the rear is written "Margaret, me, also Violet, Betty either side of us".
Dorothy describes how she made friends, and kept in touch with other volunteers from around the country. In the second file she talks about some friends she met from Yorkshire, steelworkers, who accompanied them to a party in Staines. She also…
Dorothy describes the locations where she volunteered, Metheringham in Lincoln , Lulsgate Bottom near Bristol , and Laleham Park near Shepperton  and how she heard about the volunteering programme.
Dorothy recounts food and clothing rationing, fearing things would never get back to normal. Pay was poor and one couldn't afford coupons. Found bananas in Lincoln on one occasion, a rare sight, and brought them back to her granddad.