Fenland companies offer bushcraft and a new maze to Fenland’s Secret Garden touring park

Neil Polllington, left, receives the hornbeam trees from Johan Huibers for the touring park's new ma

Neil Polllington, left, receives the hornbeam trees from Johan Huibers for the touring park's new maze project.. - Credit: Archant

A Fenland touring park will be offering a maze experience and bushcraft lessons next year, after two local companies got involved in their tourism initiative.

The Secret Garden site - that has 15 pitches in a five acre site near Wisbech - is preparing to plant 600 mature trees to create the maze, and will welcome a former soldier to give lessons on survival skills.

Earlier this year, owners Lesley and Neil Pollington issued an invitation for clubs and organisations to offer activities for campers to the site at Mile Tree Lane.

Over the last three years the couple have created the site in Mile Tree Lane that boasts its own micro-brewery, local sausage tasting sessions and web cams to watch wildlife.

This week Mr Pollington revealed that Andrew Callaghan from Fenland Bushcraft will be offering four-hour taster sessions on Saturday mornings next year, and Johan Huibers from Tamar Nurseries in Wisbech has donated £5,000 worth of hornbeam trees to create a maze.

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Talking about the trees, Mr Pollington said: “This is an incredible gift, and we are absolutely delighted. These are five year old root conditioned plants that will enable an established maze to be created, so our visitors will be able to enjoy this new feature within the first year.”

Wisbech based Tamar Nurseries specialise in tree and shrub production for commercial landscaping, and they supplied 100,000 trees and shrubs for the London Olympics

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Managing Director of Tamar Nurseries Johan Huibers said: “When I heard about the maze project, I was very pleased to help, The ideas and enthusiasm at The Secret Garden are inspiring, and the project is proving a key asset for local tourism.”

Mr Pollington says Andrew Callaghan of Fenland Bushcraft has 26 years of military experience serving throughout the world.

He added: “I expect the bush craft sessions to go down really well with young dads and teenagers, as they look at Fenland skills involving fire, food and shelter.

“This is a perfect example of how local business can work together for mutual benefit. Bushcraft and survival skills have recently been popularised by TV’s Ray Mears and Bear Grylls. During Andrew’s recent visits, his demonstrations have proved very popular with younger families.

“The Saturday morning workshops will offer our visitors a taster for local bushcraft, and they may then choose to return to the Fens for one of Andrew’s longer courses and a wilder Fenland experience.”

The Secret Garden is also in the early stages of planning a Fenland food festival for next year.

“I would love to hear from a local chef who would like to help, and I am still searching for someone to run an allotment on our site,” added Mr Pollington.

Anyone wanting to get involved can contact Mr and Mrs Pollington on 01945 585044.

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