ChrisAs most of you will know, we are now at the end of several months of very hard work by everyone involved, including the Ranger Service, in removing the limestone scalpings that were threatening the outline of our White Horse. I am very grateful that this challenging operation was also recorded for us by Chris Bird, often in very inclement weather, who vividly captured the spirit of those toiling up on the hill. 

Where to now? For some time the Osmington White Horse Restoration Group has been researching answers to the remaining challenges. The first of those, which is now well on the way to being decided, is how to identify the difference between today’s monument outline and its original shape, and then how to mark the shape out on the ground and cut back as closely as possible to that.
Issues still to be addressed concern whether it is possible to provide an edge to the monument that will minimise long term maintenance problems, and also if it is possible to stabilise the surface. It is generally believed that the original figure was not as white as the recent limestone scalpings made it appear, and the restoration is intended to be closer in colour and in texture to the figure that was originally created by those Weymouth folk back in 1808.