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Clean-up for kiwi chalk figure

The kiwi
The bird was covered over during WWII

The annual clean-up of a giant chalk kiwi cut into the side of a hill by New Zealand troops in 1916 is to take place to mark Anzac Day.

The landmark overlooks Bulford Army Camp on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire and is a reminder of World War I.

The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzacs) lost thousands of men at Gallipoli in Turkey on 25 April 1915.

The clean-up will be done by volunteers from the Bulford-based 3 (UK) Division and Headquarters Signal Regiment.

Other organisations involved include the Bulford Kiwi Scout Group, English Heritage and Natural England.

Clean-up organiser, Richard Osgood, said: "It also commemorates New Zealand's losses in the Great War.

"Over the years its upkeep has been handled by various groups, even at one time by the Kiwi boot polish company.

"During the Second World War, the cutting was deliberately covered over because it could be used by the Luftwaffe as a useful landmark and a guide to navigation."

The bird measures 420ft by 150ft (128m by 46m) long.

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