The mowhay

An aerial view of the turf labyrinth

In 2018 the garden team at Trerice opened the mowhay to visitors for the first time. Open from June until mid-September visitors were quick to explore the field and winding turf labyrinth.

In 2018 the garden team at Trerice opened the mowhay to visitors for the first time. Open from June until mid-September visitors were quick to explore the field and winding turf labyrinth.

Paths forming a turf labyrinth that measured 1km (in and out again) were cut into the grass, weaving across the field with views of the barn, garden and local wildlife. There was lots of good natured cheating as short cuts quickly formed in the grass and families raced to the middle.

The mowhay field is a habitat full of natural activity that is encouraged by the garden team. Stinging nettles and brambles remain in the field and grass grows tall around the cut spaces shared with visitors. The nettles are a vital food for butterflies and the brambles a haven for hedgehogs.
 

" If we all do our bit, take a little time (and allow for a bit of messiness!) then wildlife will flourish."
- John Lanyon

For the rest of the year the team have given the field back to the wildlife but, in the spring, the mowhay will reopen with new paths to discover.