This article came from the Chronicle published October 2008. Pages 118-9
THE CERNE ABBAS GIANT RESTORATION
Authors: Brian & Moira Gittos
Every seven years or so, the National Trust carry out a programme of work to restore the image of the Cerne Abbas Giant. This enigmatic and unashamedly vulgar chalk hill figure underwent such a programme in September 2008. The Giant had become very faint due to an accumulation of grasses and weeds together with discolouration of the chalk by lichen and mosses. The grass and weeds have been removed, together with the top few inches of contaminated chalk. The latter has been replaced by seventeen tonnes of fresh chalk, taken from a sufficient depth in the quarry to ensure freedom from contamination with seeds and spores, so that the image will remain white for longer. The illustration shows work in progress on 16th September 2008.