This summer, visitors to a South Wales farm will be able to walk from Caernarfon to Caerphilly in just a couple of hours. Hendrewennol Fruit Garden, a family-run soft fruit farm in the Vale of Glamorgan has teamed up with environmental charity Size of Wales to grow a giant maze out of maize in the shape of Wales.
“We reckon this is the biggest map of Wales ever created.” says Richard Arnold, who along with the Keen family created the attraction. “We loved the idea of walking across Wales in a morning. Of course it wouldn’t be complete without Wales’ many castles.” he adds.
“The little ones love finding the castles and games, while the older children can go off in teams to take on the challenge of a ‘selfie’ in each castle. As the maze grows taller, it will become more of a challenge, and by the end of October it is perfect for our half term spooky Halloween event!”
The farm has partnered with unique Welsh charity Size of Wales who, with the support of the Welsh public, are protecting and sustaining an area of rainforest the size of Wales.
“We’re thrilled to be involved with this ambitious project.” said Claire Raisin, Director of Size of Wales, “This Wales maze is about 1 hectare in size; Wales the country is actually 2 million hectares, and with the help of the Welsh people, we’re protecting an area of rainforest the size of our nation in projects around the world. This maze is a good reminder of the scale of that task.”
“It’s brilliant to see the whole of Wales in maze form, we’ve been around it already, and it’s fun for us big kids too!” she added.
Every year the pick-your-own fruit farm grows a maize maze in a different shape. Last year’s effort took the shape of a swallow (or gwennol), the farm’s logo. The maze will be open all summer.