The mowhay will be open until mid-September with a revised labyrinth 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. From mid-September the mowhay is given over to grazing animals who'll call the field home for the rest of the year.
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 cut into low level grass, measuring 1km (in and out again) were cut by the garden team in the months before it first opened creating a challenge that's easy on the eyes and feet. There has been lots of good natured cheating as short cuts have quickly formed in the grass and families race 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."
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/