The mowhay

An aerial view of the turf labyrinth

The mowhay opened for 2019 over the Easter holiday with a revised maze mown into the grass and new paths to discover and explore.

The land, bought by the National Trust in 2017, was previously part of the property in the early twentieth century and is now a space for people to explore in summer months and grazing animals the rest of the year.

The maze

In 2018 the garden team opened the mowhay for the first time, cutting a labyrinth into the turf and giving us a chance to explore the field. Paths forming a turf maze, measuring 1km (in and out again) were cut into the graze and there was lots of good natured cheating as short cuts quickly formed in the grass and families raced to the middle.

For 2019 there’s been a few modifications to the design but the idea is the same and we are also planning on adding in a few extra activities during the school holidays. The mowhay is also a great chance to observe wildlife at Trerice.

Wildlife in the mowhay

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
Deer grazing in the fields at Trerice
Deer grazing at Trerice
Deer grazing in the fields at Trerice

For the 2019 Special Places Raffle the team at Trerice are fundraising to build a wildlife hide reaching out from the bottom of the mowhay into the wilderness. The garden team want to be able to share even more of this space and a hide is the perfect opportunity to do so. Already owls, woodpeckers, buzzards and even deer have been spotted in the fields.

Moorland ponies at Trerice

During 2019 the Bodmin Moorland Pony Rehabilitation will be grazing ponies in the fields. They are a small charity based in Bodmin, Cornwall that have been primarily helping abandoned moorland hill ponies since April 2014. While the ponies are a friendly addition to the car park at Trerice we do ask visitors not to pet or feed them. To find out more about their work visit: https://www.bodminmoorlandpony.org/