Posted on Thursday 23rd May, 2019
The National Trust’s project to restore Glendurgan’s maze has been given a generous helping hand by quiz enthusiasts and Barclays.
Barclays ‘Test the Team,’ a one-off event in support of Glendurgan’s garden maze restoration appeal, invited local supporters and suppliers to join an interactive quiz. 21 teams took part in the quiz, which, along with sponsorship, raffle prizes and auction prizes donated by local businesses , raised over £6000. Everything donated on the evening was generously doubled by Barclays, with every pound going straight into the restoration ofthe historic maze. This brought the fundraising total of the event to an impressive £12,495.
Jon Cummins, Visitor Experience Manager for The National Trust at Glendurgan,Trelissick and Trerice says ‘the historic maze is an incredibly special feature, one of its kind in Cornwall, and is one we continue to take great pride in looking after. The quiz evening in partnership with Barclays was a fantastic event. It was humbling to spend the evening with people who were so enthusiastic in donating, bidding and raising funds, all of which helps ensure the future of the maze for generations to come.’
The National Trust’s four year restoration project of Glendurgan’s maze is now inits second year and will reinstate the historic puzzle back to good health,ensuring it continues to cope with the 90,000 or so visitors walking its winding paths every year. Some of the vital work has been undertaken throughout the winter months while Glendurgan was closed, so as not to impact on visitor enjoyment, meaning the maze will remain open to visitors throughout the rest of the restoration project. Each of the maze’s 173 wooden steps will be individually replaced with robust stone, and new durable paths will be laid.The hedges, while trimmed annually each June to keep them looking neat, will be restored to their former glory by cutting them back a few inches further,removing any dead stems and encouraging healthy new growth.
Glendurgan’s maze was originally planted in the 1830s by Quakers Alfred and Sarah Fox to entertain their growing family, and has ‘a series of irregular, winding walks that remind us of life, where we may go wrong in a multitude of ways, but right in only one.’ Taking inspiration from the maze at Sydney Gardens in Bath, which sadly no longer survives, much of the cherry laurel hedge contains the original plantings established by the Foxes.
Ongoing fundraising continues for the maze appeal with money being raised at Glendurgan through raffle ticket sales from the main entrance building and in the volunteer-led fish cellar building at the bottom of the garden in Durgan village. Every £1 raffle ticket purchased is worth another £1 in National Trust matched funding. Donations are welcomed by the National Trust at the property, and online donations can be made via nationaltrust.org.uk/glendurgan-maze
Glendurgan is open daily Tuesday – Sunday with the maze open to all to visit (admission prices apply or join the National Trust membership scheme).
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