Caring for our mazes
Exploring mazes can be a lot of fun, but have you ever wondered how much work it takes to establish and care for a maze in a country garden? Find out more about how we look after these interesting garden features.
Reintoducing mazes to gardens in our care
Some mazes at our places have been reintroduced as part of our dedication to traditional planting schemes. The maze at Belton House in Lincolnshire was originally planted in 1890, but became overgrown after the Second World War and was removed. Today, you and your family can enjoy the maze that was replanted in 2000.
Similarly, the maze at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire was planted in 2010 and having become well established, is now thriving. Standing at two metres high and running for over 500 metres, the yew maze is an impressive site.
Caring for mazes
Trimming the maze at Cliveden is a big job. It takes four gardeners 210 hours in total, including tea breaks, to keep the hedging meticulously manicured. A group of helpful volunteers then spend three days clearing up all the clippings, only the best volunteer jobs at Cliveden.
Yew isn’t the only evergreen which works well for a maze. The living puzzle at Glendurgan Garden in Cornwall is planted with cherry laurel.
The laurel is ideal for this maze as it's vigorous and tough enough to withstand regular trimming and footsteps around the roots. For additional texture palm trees indicate the four corners of the maze whilst a thatched summerhouse marks the sought after middle.
Find out about the work involved in restoring kitchen gardens, from walls to plants and soil health to buildings.
Since the 1930s, over 97 per cent of the UK’s hay meadows have disappeared as a result of changes in farming practice. We are working with tenant farmers to restore pasture to hay meadow.
Hedgerows and orchards provide food for insects, homes for wildlife and a glorious spring blossom spectacle for humans. But they are disappearing from UK landscapes. Find out more about what we're doing to bring blossoming trees and hedgerows back.