Cerne Abbas Giant big birthday clean up

Cerne Abbas Giant big birthday clean up

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 7:31am 18th August 2019.

He's going to be re-chalked in time for the 100th anniversary of his ownership by the National Trust.

And you can help!

The National Trust is offering family volunteering days, where you can get involved in the re-chalking of the Giant. 

You can sign up for a two hour session on either Thursday 29 August or Saturday 31 August

Dozens of volunteers and National Trust staff will spend two weeks re-chalking every centimetre of the outline of the Giant to restore its distinctive white outline.

Cerne Giant facts:

  • Standing at 55 metres tall, and brandishing a 36.5 metre long club, the Giant is Britain's largest chalk hill figure and probably its best known, though its origins are shrouded in mystery
  • Different theories surround the giant's identity and origin. Some claim he is an ancient symbol, perhaps a likeness of the Greco-Roman God Hercules, though the earliest recorded mention of the Giant dates back only to the 1700s. Others suggest he was created to mock Oliver Cromwell
  • Local folklore has long held the giant to be an aid to fertility
  • The Giant was given to the National Trust to look after in July 1920 by the Pitt Rivers family and the Trust is planning a year of celebrations next year to a mark the centenary