A CHARITY is looking for volunteers to help maintain a giant, historic, chalk map of Australia.

The Map of Australia Trust is seeking volunteers to help look after the chalk 'Map of Australia' badge, which dates back to the First World War.

The giant map was carved into the downland by Australian soldiers at Hurdcott Camp, Compton Chamberlayne. 

This unique feature, which is believed to have been carved out in early 1917, is the only tangible link to the thousands of Australians who spent time training and recovering from wounds at Hurdcott Camp during World War 1.

The badge has seen periods of decline and restoration over its more than 100-year history, but was abandoned in the early 2000s and was lost from view. 

Local resident Helen Roberts set up the Map of Australia Trust in 2017, one hundred years after the badge was created.

She works with a small group of volunteers to help keep the chalk weed-free and top up with fresh chalk when required.  

The first working party of 2024 is scheduled to take place on Sunday, February 18, with more dates to follow and new volunteers welcome.

Readers who are are interested in getting involved, or would like to join on Anzac Day, should email: ww1australiamap@gmail.com