By Community Reporter Kerrie Nicholls
A unique maze project for the Malago Greenway will come to fruition in September – thanks to the overwhelming support of the community.
The Berry Maze will be created in Brixham open space, an overgrown patch of land between Parson Street and Marksbury Road. It will provide 15 types of berry for local people to forage.
Now the Malago Greenway team whIch runs the project are looking for volunteers to help build the maze from the beginning of September.
The project hit its Crowdfunding campaign in April of nearly £4,000, after a pledge from Growing A Greener Britain – and has also been selected for the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.
Project Initiator Raluca McKett says: …“the most amazing bit about this project is the way the community has closed ranks around it. Several volunteer groups and the local schools have joined the project, in a bid to make it happen.”
Parson Street Primary School held a competition to find the design for the maze. The winning design by Harry Ward (9) will feature around 200 plants, five planters and two benches and include a huge drawing on a central cement slab.
Pupils from Victoria Park school will be helping to mark the maze on Bristol Open Doors Day on 9 September.
Offers of help have also flooded in from local groups and organisations. The Retired Gentlemen Woodworking Group based at The Park in Daventry Road will be building the wooden planters,
And The Friends of Parson Street Railway Station have donated a mosaic from the entrance.
Local artist Ollie Gage will be drawing Harry’s design on the central slab, and Shareena Marshall from Cake by Shaz in Novers Hill will be baking a celebratory cake shaped like a maze for the grand opening in June 2018.
To volunteer from September, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The first event will be a Litter Pick from 10am – 12pm on 2 September, followed by Mock’a Maze Day on 9 September from 8.30am – 4pm with refreshments and family activities. For a list of volunteering events, visit: www.neighbourly.com/TheBerryMazeProject/events or Facebook @TheBerryMaze2017