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EuCAN volunteers help to re-chalk the Cerne Abbas Giant, flmed by BBC Countryfile


A new form of the Conga! Helping to tamp down the new chalk. Click on image to enlarge.

Several of our EuCAN Volunteer groups joined National Trust volunteers, staff and rangers on two of the days of the ten-yearly clean up of the big man of Cerne. Members of the EuCAN Somerset volunteers, the EuCAN Dorset Midweek Volunteers and the Cerne Valley Community Landscape Project joined in this very challenging task and on one of the days some were filmed and interviewed by the BBC’s Countryfile Team. The National Trust set aside a fortnight for the work but after a week the job was well ahead of schedule. The Tuesday work involved scraping off the old chalk and other debris and carting it to the top of the slope (!) and by Friday this stage of the work was complete and the new chalk had to be carried down to be spread and tamped in place. We were rewarded with superb cakes and scones made by Nicola in the Abbot’s Tea-room in Cerne Abbas village.

For all the photos in the album, go to our Flickr site, here.

Diana, Rebecca and Nigel being interviewed by Ellie Harrison from the BBC Countryfile team.Click on image to enlarge.