When we decided to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the trig pillar last year, we had no idea how strongly so many of you felt about the (mostly) concrete pillars dotted around Britain. We’ve had over 1,200 Instagram posts, uncovered dozens of trig baggers, seen Rob Woodall complete his 13-year mission to bag all 6,190 and had hundreds of people, magazines and websites share stories throughout the year.
With 18 April fast-approaching, #TrigPillar80 is drawing to a close, and #TrigPillar81 doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. So, huge thanks to everyone who took part and keep sharing your trig pillar love with us. Here are 7 fantastic things about trig pillars in case you missed all of the celebrations this year:
1. We kicked it all off by sharing some facts and figures about the humble trig pillar – did you know they’re not all on hill tops?
2. We gave away T-shirts to some of the many people sharing their photos with us on Twitter and Instagram using #TrigPillar80. Winner Tracey later became a #GetOutside champion – and no it wasn’t just because she dressed Asher and Marley in our T-shirt!
3. Rob Woodall bagged his last trig pillarand we joined him to award him his very own personalised flush bracket!
4. Our #GetOutside champions chose their favourite trigsand shared routes to help you bag them.
5. BBC Online featured a trig pillar gallery to help us celebrate.
6. We shared the secret of what’s inside a trig pillar.
7. We talked about how we map Britain today using just 110 control stations in OS Net, rather than the 6,000+ trig pillars in our history.
Of course, you can still get involved, follow the #GetOutside champions’ routes and share your photos with us. And let us know if you spot any damage or issues with one on your adventures, we’ll pass the information along to our surveying team. Happy trig-bagging everyone…