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Berry Maze comes to fruition

From an idea over a year ago – the Berry Maze finally came to fruition when it was planted up at the end of last year on Malago Greenway.

A grand opening event is planned for this June – although it will take two years for the 234 root canes and bushes to reach full size.

Volunteers had been working tirelessly to clear the overgrown piece of land between Marksbury Road and Parson Street to create a maze with 15 types of berry for local people to forage.

The project was the brainchild of mum Raluca McKett of the Malago Greenway team, which raised over £4,000 through crowdfunding and has been supported by local businesses, groups and Parson Street Primary School which came up with the winning design.

On 18 November with visits and help from a group of volunteers as well as South Bristol MP Karin Smyth, Lord Mayor Lesley Alexander and Cllr Jon Wellington the maze was finally completed.

Raluca says: “Although tiring work, the sense of community has grown from one session to the other. When I started this project, I barely knew anyone in the area…”

The team is determined to keep the surrounding area tidy too – and on 10 March from 10am-12noon will be doing a litter pick of the surrounding area as part of the Big Spring Clean. Facebook TheBerryMaze2017.