• Kate

THE BULFORD KIWI: A WALK WITH GREAT VIEWS, HISTORICAL INTEREST AND PERHAPS SOME RIFLE FIRE!

The Bulford Kiwi is a large depiction of a kiwi cut into the chalk of Salisbury Plain by members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in 1919 above Bulford Ranges in Wiltshire. It makes a great place for a walk into the surrounding woods and into the remnants of the World War I trenches - both German and Allied, which the troops used for practice.

The Bulford Kiwi on a hillside in Wiltshire
The Kiwi is one of the few hill figures in Wiltshire to be neither a horse not a military badge

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF THE BULFORD KIWI

New Zealanders had originally arrived at Sling Camp on Beacon Hill in 1914 to train for combat in the Great War. Soldiers from here were sent to serve in the disastrous Gallipoli campaign in 1915. More thousands of NZ troops arrived in 1916 and trained here on the hillside for combat on the Western Front.

Black and white photo of Bulford Camp suring world War 1

Sling Camp had four sub-camps – Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago –