Video: Farmer thanks NHS with giant maize maze

A Cambridgeshire farmer has created a massive maize maze to say thank you to NHS staff for saving people’s lives and risking their own during the coronavirus pandemic.

Edward Gowler and his team at Skylark Garden Centre, near March, planted more than 1m maize plants in their 4.85ha field – then painstakingly cut out 1.8 miles of pathways through the plants.

When viewed from the air, the maze of pathways spells out “Skylark Thanks NHS” with a giant heart, which on its own measures over one acre, or about the size of 16 tennis courts.

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Mr Gowler said they had all clapped for carers but “wanted to do something more”.

The maize was drilled in April and the paths were cut out in May using GPS technology to plot the image to create a maze for visitors to explore.

The maize maze will be open for visitors from Saturday (18 July) until the start of September.

Proceeds from the sale of maps to help you navigate the maze will be donated to NHS Charities Together and The Fenland Road Safety Campaign. 

To control numbers and manage social distancing, visitors will need to book tickets online in advance. For more details, visit the Skylark Events website.

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