Berry maze project proves fruitful

Nine-year-old Harry Ward from Parsons Street Primary School with his winning design for the Berry Maze project.

A unique maze featuring 15 types of berries for foraging is on track to be created at Malago Greenway this autumn – thanks to generous funding boosts.

Work is due to start on The Berry Maze Project in Brixham open space this November – an overgrown piece of land  between Parsons Street and Marksbury Road. A grand opening event is planned for June 2018.

The maze is the brainchild of the Malago Greenway team and is being supported by Parsons Street Primary School  – which held a competition for the design of the 725 sq m piece of land.

The winning design by nine-year-old Harry Ward will also feature around 200 plants, five planters and two benches as well as a huge drawing on a central cement slab.

The project has reached its crowdfunding campaign target in only a month – thanks to a pledge from Growing a Greener Britain, and has also been selected for the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme.

The maze has also been supported by local people and businesses including Red Row and Ivory Flowers and with a grant from Greggs Foundation.

Project initiator, Raluca McKett says. “With all this great news comes a whole lot of responsibility and we are now striving to engage as many volunteers as possible.

“It’s the beginning of a life time adventure, but now, for the first time, we can say without a doubt that we will be building our berry maze. Thank you to everyone who contributed and please vote for us in the Tesco stores!”

Parson Street Primary School Deputy Headteacher, Louise Hopcroft says the school is “overjoyed” to be helping develop the space.

She said: “It is going to be a fantastic project to be involved with, one in which the children and the local community will really benefit from when the overgrown land will be transformed into an amazing space for everyone to play and explore in….”

To find out more or donate visit https://www.spacehive.com/the-berry-maze Facebook TheBerryMaze2017. To volunteer email malagocommunity@gmail.com