Maze full of fruit to revive Malago

Published on: 24 Mar 2017

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Pictured: Harry Ward, 9, form Parson Street primary school with his winning picture of the new maze


Malago clean-up turns into a plan for a massive maze

IT’S GOING to be a big transformation – from what was a field of overgrown weeds last year, to a maze full of edible fruit.

That’s the plan for the Malago Greenway, the patch of land next to the River Malago leading off Brixham Road, which used to be uncared for and full of rubbish.

Now it looks like a different place. And if funds can be raised, it could be turned into a Berry Maze. 

Plans drawn up with the help of children from Parson Street primary school envisage 200 plants with 16 types of berries. It will have benches to sit on, and residents will be able to help themselves to fruit.

Organiser Raluca McKett said: “It’s a huge project and we will need lots of volunteers, but the council’s parks department have given their approval and £300 has been raised through the kind contribution of house builder Redrow, and National Tool Hire have offered to lend us tools free of charge.

“However, with a budget of around £3,500 we are far from the target!” If the money can be raised, and volunteers found to help, it’s hoped the maze could open in June 2018.

Residents and businesses who’d like to show support can email

To help with crowdfunding, visit the webpage below.

It was only last year that volunteers first got together and began regular clean-up days. A big effort on March 11 saw huge piles of rubbish collected from the open space, Somer Lane and the banks of the Malago.

Raluca praised the efforts of locals as well as “the lovely people from Good Gym” – the Bristol group of keep-fit fanatics who are not content with going out for a run but like to find some community work to do when they stop. She also thanked Greggs and East Street Fruit & Vegetable Market for contributing food to the volunteers.


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