Abbotsbury Swan Maze
The maze is in the shape of a giant swan created in living willow and at the centre is a three-
The project collected the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) Special Award for Landscape Contribution to Education which was presented in London by TV personality Clive Anderson.
“The Willow Maze at Abbotsbury Swannery is incredibly popular with families because as well as being great fun it gives them an opportunity to learn about the environment and the history of the swannery as they complete the clues spread around the maze on their way to the centre”
The Dorset Echo
This unique construction of locally grown and harvested willow, precision built to an exacting design, was conceived to add an extra attraction to the world famous Swannery at Abbotsbury. The original idea grew into the spectacle seen on site today: six egg-
The trail through the maze has six clues, each delivering a message about conservation and the natural habitat, and resulting in a word that, if correct, provides the visitor with a future free visit. To construct the maze The Company of Landscapers had to learn a new skill – basket weaving – and work within a specific time frame to ensure that the willow poles and whips would ‘strike’. There has been an almost 100 per cent success rate so that later this year, and certainly next, the willow hedges that form the maze will be impenetrable and mask the route to its centre.