The 2017 Maize Maze is set within an entirely new Pumpkin Patch site and is the best – and twice the size – of any of the maize mazes previously installed at Undley Pumpkin Patch during the last decade. The 2017 one takes the form of a witch on a broomstick and its creation is the result of skill, design, farming and technology.
The pathway splits, loops and re-converges at over 70 decision points during the journey. Keeping in mind that pathways can be travelled more than once depending upon the decisions made, this number of decision points could even double.
What it’s taken to create the 2017 Maize Maze
Maize Maze – Created by GPS
Planning for the 2017 Maize Maze began almost as soon as the Pumpkin Patch closed its gates at the end of October 2016.
Perhaps few people will realise the level of work it takes to create a Maize Maze of this scale – it’s set across seven acre and takes an intricate form of a witch upon a broom complete with a cat and whiskers, fitting for the time of year when the Maize Maze and Pumpkin Patch will be open at Undley Farm Events (during October).
Informed by the official maze design team, two professional surveyors employed state-of-the-art GPS masts to translate the highly detailed plan of the 2017 Undley Pumpkin Patch’s Maize Maze on to the plot of maize crops. These teams also worked in conjunction with Sally and Anthony Pooley, founders of Undley Farm Events (and the Undley Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze), who own and farm the land and belong to a family with a long-established farming heritage. All this took place in June (during the heatwave) and required absolute precision and accuracy not to mention excellent communications to ensure the delivery of a fantastic Maize Maze for 2017.
Photographers, offering mast elevation photography and drone photography, not to mention regular checks by Anthony from a fully extended cherry picker, have also served to monitor the Maize Maze’s development.