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A-maize-ing maze in Wimblington

The maze at Skylark Garden Centre, Wimblington opened by Lady Emma Kitchener. Lady Emma cuts the tape watched by Julian Fellowes and centre owner Edward Gowler. ANL-140718-150522009

The maze at Skylark Garden Centre, Wimblington opened by Lady Emma Kitchener. Lady Emma cuts the tape watched by Julian Fellowes and centre owner Edward Gowler. ANL-140718-150522009

A Lord Kitchener maze has been officially opened as part of First World War centenary commemorations at Skylark in Wimblington.

Lady Emma Kitchener-Fellowes, the great-great-niece of Lord Kitchener, was accompanied by her husband Julian Fellowes when she officially opened the Maize Maze at the Skylark Garden and Country Store.

The 12-acre maze has been cut out in the shape of Lord Kitchener in the famous finger pointing ‘Your Country Needs YOU’ WWI poster image.

Another feature of the maze is the world’s biggest poppy planted from poppies. The giant poppy is 40m in diameter, planted with more than 60,000 poppies and covers an area of 1,300 square meters – the size of an Olympic swimming pool.

Children from Thomas Eaton School, Wimblington, were at the launch, some of whom had helped to plant the 60,000 poppies.

The president, secretary and standard bearers for the Cambridgeshire branch of the Royal British legion also attended.

Skylark Maize Maze opened to the public on July 19. Visitors will have to navigate the pathways of the First World War centenary maze and find the ration stamps to put in their mess tins.

The maze is open until the end of September when the maize plants are harvested.

Proceeds from the sale of the £1 maze maps go to the British Legion Poppy Appeal.

 

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