Kerdroya is now taking shape by Colliford Lake on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall.

The Golden Tree project was launched to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 2019, and will be the largest classical labyrinth in the world. It is a permanent, living monument, designed to last 4,000 years.

Photo: Gemma Wearing

This unique piece of land art, spanning 56 metres across, will be constructed out of traditional Cornish hedging, while simultaneously training the next generation of Cornish hedgers through a training programme supported by the Guild of Cornish Hedgers and funded by Cornwall Council and National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Photo: Gemma Wearing

When complete, visitors will have a “fully immersive experience” as they follow a single path through artisan stonework which celebrates distinct hedging styles. At the centre of the labyrinth will lie a commissioned art installation by the Thrussells (father and son duo) with beautiful backdrop views of Colliford Lake.

Funded by Cornwall Council, Cornwall AONB, Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Cornwall Heritage Trust and FEAST, the project will also support thousands of species of insects and pollinators.

If you would like to get involved in the project, Golden Tree’s ‘hedge pledge’ campaign gives people the chance to buy a yard of Hedge and leave a message for the future, along with Corporate Sponsorship opportunities: “We’re asking one and all to join us to create Kerdroya, a living testament to culture, habitat and skill.”

Photo: Hana Backland

Find out more on Golden Tree’s website.