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'World's largest labyrinth' to be built in Cornwall

'World's largest labyrinth' to be built in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:27pm 21st February 2020. (Updated at 4:10pm 21st February 2020)

The largest classical labyrinth in the world is set to be built in Cornwall.

Will Coleman, the man behind the famous Man Engine is now creating the world's largest labyrinth on Bodmin Moor - which he claims will last for 4,000 years as a piece of public art.

Now the team is calling for support from the Cornish community and beyond to help make it happen.

The Kerdroya labyrinth is described as 'a permanent, living monument to our world-class landscape', located by Colliford Lake on Bodmin Moor.

Built of traditional Cornish hedging with a 56m diameter, it is hoped that Kerdroya the Cornish Landscape Labyrinth will be a major new piece of public art to last for generations to come. 

Visitors will have a fully immersive experience as they walk a single, meandering path through stretches of artisan stonework celebrating the aesthetics of distinct hedging styles from all 12 Cornwall Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) sections.

The team says that as well as being a showcase for the ancient craft of Cornish hedging, Kerdroya will 'signify the cultural and geological importance of our hedges' and whilst larger mazes exist, Kerdroya will be the largest classical labyrinth in the world.

Labyrinth on bodmin moor
This is what the Kerdroya labyrinth could look like

"We're asking One and All to join us to create Kerdroya, a living testament to culture, habitat and skill. 

"Not only will you support the building of the hedge, your money will make a difference to 62 apprentice hedgers, tens of thousands of species of insects and pollinators, plus 600 types of flowering plants -it's a deep investment in Cornwall's future! Y'gan keow y hwhelir anethow! (Cornish hedges are one of our great-unsung wonders!)" 

Director of Golden Tree Productions and pioneer of the project, Will Coleman

Labyrinth - Will Coleman at Kerdroya
Creator Will Coleman att he site on Bodmin Moor. Credit: Hana Backland

How can you support the project?

The 'Hedge Pledge' is an opportunity for members of the public to donate £220. For this, each donor will choose their very own stretch of the labyrinth's hedge which represents an actual Cornish location. 

Embedded on each yard of hedge will be a 'Marker Disk' made by Colliford local father and son duo, the Thrussells, so that their message to the future stays for hundreds of years to come - a permanent family heirloom. 

Corporate sponsorship packages start with a 'Bench Mark', which provides visitors a place to contemplate their surroundings, and continue up to a headline sponsorship package for 'The Heart of Kerdroya', which will fund the 10m diameter circular space which will sit at the core of the monument.
Once finished, hand-held devices will bridge the digital and real-world, linking the 12 far-flung landscape locations with sections of the labyrinth, and at its heart a 10m circular space will open out to breath-taking views across the moorland and lake. 

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The Man Engine, which stomped its way through Cornwall back in 2016

About the team:

At the helm of the project is Golden Tree Productions, the team responsible for masterminding the Man Engine, a giant mechanical puppet that personified Cornish mining heritage and drew thousands of spectators as he toured through the Cornish Mining Landscape in 2016.  

Working in collaboration with Cornwall Council, the Cornwall AONB and other partners, Golden Tree Productions is bringing schools, community groups and master hedgers together to restore stretches of Cornish hedge and pass on the ancient craft of hedging to the next generation. 

As part of this training, the project also plays host to 62 apprentice Cornish hedgers who will be part of the skilled team constructing the labyrinth.
Kerdroya Cornish Landscape Labyrinth will open in November with construction work starting in April.

It is being part-funded by investment from Cornwall AONB, Arts Council England, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Cornwall Council. 
The website to sponsor a yard of Kerdroya will open on 2nd March, in the meantime, to register interest in the 'Hedge Pledge' or for more information on the corporate sponsorship opportunities available, please email: kerdroya@wildwestcomms.co.uk

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