The park’s Maze is one of the largest in the country, with a diameter of 49 metres. It has been bewildering and entertaining visitors since the 1870s.
The central artwork is two tons of black and white granite, with a circumference of 9m.
More than 6,000 members of Girlguiding UK attended the launch of the refurbished maze.
Did you know you can hire the Maze for your event?
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Consisting of towering hedgerows and a confounding network of pathways, the Maze is free and open to all. It was completely redesigned and renovated to mark the launch of Girlguiding’s Centenary celebrations in 2009.
The Park has special significance to Girlguiding. On 4 September 1909, it was the location of the first Scout Rally, which a small group of girls attended. They approached Lord Robert Baden-Powell, and asked that he set up ‘something for the girls’. As a result, Lord Baden-Powell founded the ‘Girl Guides’ with 6,000 girls registering in 1910. Accordingly, Girlguiding UK chose to commission the renovation of the Maze in its Centenary year, drawing on these strong historical links.