Thursday 13th August 2015

Living willow maze at Sudeley Castle Living willow maze at Sudeley Castle

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is thrilled to have received a cheque for £7,000 from Sudeley Castle & Gardens near Winchcombe. The money was raised over the past three months from a new visitor giving scheme, where 30p from each entry ticket is donated to GWT, Gloucestershire’s leading wildlife conservation charity, for local conservation work.

Earlier this year Sudeley Castle opened ‘Lost in the Willows’, a living willow maze and dipping pond. Designed and installed by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, the maze is based on classic children’s novel, The Wind in the Willows and is made up of a series of interconnected areas where children can run free and have adventures exploring and finding the burrows of Badger, Ratty and Mole.

The maze also contains a wildflower meadow, a small orchard, a pond and a free play area, so there’s plenty for children to explore.

“We are humbled by the support for the Trust from Sudeley Castle and Lady Ashcombe,” said Dr. Gareth Parry, Head of Community Programmes.

“The money raised will go towards vital work to conserve Wildlife in our Cotswolds Rivers Living Landscape. The maze has been a popular addition for families to the beautiful grounds, and as it grows it will be an even bigger part of the adventure that is a trip to Sudeley Castle.”

Located only eight miles from Cheltenham, Sudeley Castle & Gardens is the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within the grounds. The last of Henry VIII’s six wives, Katherine Parr lived and died in the castle, where she still remains today entombed in a beautiful restored 15th century church found within the award-winning gardens.

A pheasantry, adventure playground with picnic area, gift shop and restaurant in the old medieval banqueting hall complete the perfect day out.

Sudeley Castle & Gardens, The Cotswolds