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Centre’s maze is latest attraction

AMAZING enjoyment is available at Aldingbourne Country Centre’s latest attraction.


Tuesday saw the largest maze opened to provide visitors with a test of their sense of direction. Made up of 1,500 privet plants, it contains two correct routes through to the viewing platform and plenty of dead ends to contend with on the way.


There are also several sculptures throughout the maze about the centre’s operator, the Aldingbourne Trust, for them to spot on their way to the middle. Each successful visitor who gets to the middle, and back out again, will be rewarded with a certificate. The maze was officially opened at the charity’s annual meeting on Tuesday.


The ceremony was attended by The Woodhorn Group, which sponsored the maze, as well as trustees, the adults with learning disabilities who are supported by the charity, employees and supporters of the trust. John Pitts, the group’s managing director, said: “We have a saying in farming that, if you plant a tree, it’s for the next generation to enjoy.


“Here at Aldingbourne we have planted 1,500 trees to create the maze for many future generations to enjoy and we have all been very proud to be associated with the Aldingbourne Trust.”


The size of a maze is determined by the number of individual plants which make it up. The total in the country centre’s maze means it is the biggest in Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. Work on the maze, which covers 1,000sq m, started last September.


The design was planned and the ground prepared. A perfect area near to the gardening plots was available. Last November saw a team of hardy volunteers, including some from the Chichester Young Farmers group, brave the cold weather and plant all the privets in one weekend.


The viewing platform was created by the country centre’s resident builder, Tony Roddis, and the Aldingbourne apprentice, Harry Watson, and 47 cubic metres of bark was laid across the maze area. The Aldingbourne Country Centre – north of the A27 near Fontwell – is the main site for the Aldingbourne Trust.


The charity supports adults with learning disabilties, who train at the centre and learn skills to live independently.

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