Bulford Kiwi Restored

A view of the carving from the rear door of the Chinook. (CROWN COPYRIGHT)
Volunteers work on restoring the chalk carving. (CROWN COPYRIGHT)
An 18 Squadron RAF Chinook assisted in the effort. (CROWN COPYRIGHT)

RESTORATIVE WORK has been carried out on the Bulford Kiwi, a giant chalk carving made by New Zealand soldiers just after the Great War, writes Alex Bowers.

The 130-metre carving on Wiltshire’s Salisbury Plain was recently restored by 200 volunteers who spread 100 tonnes of fresh chalk. They were assisted by the RAF, which lifted the chalk to the Beacon Hill site using a Chinook from 18 Squadron. The work to repair the depiction of New Zealand’s native avian icon was the first such activity to take place for more than 30 years.

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