Cerne Abbas Giant gets a big birthday clean up

Cerne Abbas Giant gets a big birthday clean up

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:24am 29th August 2019.

It's ahead of the 100th anniversary of his ownership by the National Trust who've asked families to volunteer.

Work starts today and dozens of volunteers will spend the next two weeks rechalking the Giant's outline.

Countryside Manager Natalie Holt said: 

"We bring in 17 tonnes of new chalk, we lower it down the steep hillside and we pack it in, nice and tight.

"Then he will be gleaming white for the future."

'Giant Facts'

    • The Giant was given to the  National Trust in 1920 by the Pitt Rivers family.
    • Local folklore has long held the giant to be an aid to fertility.
    • It's 55 meters tall and 36.5 meters wide.
    • It's Britain's largest chalk hill figure.