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Maize maze helps to celebrate coronavirus heroes

PUBLISHED: 18:24 10 October 2020 | UPDATED: 11:44 11 October 2020

Robert Steele from Wymondham and his daughter, Maddison, six, centre, with his partner Kelly Taylor, and her children, Poppy, six, and Edward, four, check the map to find their way through the Maize Maze created in celebration of the NHS and keyworkers at the Undley Pumpkin Patch. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Robert Steele from Wymondham and his daughter, Maddison, six, centre, with his partner Kelly Taylor, and her children, Poppy, six, and Edward, four, check the map to find their way through the Maize Maze created in celebration of the NHS and keyworkers at the Undley Pumpkin Patch. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A special maize maze has been created in west Suffolk to help mark the work of key workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Elsie Mackenzie, five, and her brother George, two, from Elmswell, hitch a dry ride through the mud with their pumpkins at the Undley Pumpkin Patch. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYElsie Mackenzie, five, and her brother George, two, from Elmswell, hitch a dry ride through the mud with their pumpkins at the Undley Pumpkin Patch. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Undley Farm in Beck Row opened up as a pumpkin patch back in 1999 and three years later they added a maize maze to the annual autumnal attraction.

This year’s maze has been designed to reflect the efforts of key workers with emergency service workers, bin men and shop staff all represented in the maze.

Also featured is national hero Captain Sir Tom Moore, whose fundraising efforts helped to raise £32million for the NHS.

The maze was designed by Sally and her husband Anthony and was created by a company using GPS.

Sebastian Robbins, four, enjoying finding his way through the Maize Maze created in celebration of the NHS and keyworkers at the Undley Pumpkin Patch. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSebastian Robbins, four, enjoying finding his way through the Maize Maze created in celebration of the NHS and keyworkers at the Undley Pumpkin Patch. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“We normally try and do something topical,” said Sally Pooley, from Undley Farm.

“Last year we did Brexit. This year we wanted to show our appreciation for the NHS and key workers.”

As well as incorporating Captain Tom into the maze, the farm also had a colourful trailer painted to great visitors when they arrive which features the national hero.

“We just wanted something bright and colourful when people turn up,” said Mrs Pooley.

Owner Sally Pooley at the Undley Pumpkin Patch which has a Maize Maze in celebration of the NHS and keyworkers. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYOwner Sally Pooley at the Undley Pumpkin Patch which has a Maize Maze in celebration of the NHS and keyworkers. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“It took two people, two days to create.”

This year’s event is quite unlike any they have held before.

“It’s been quite a bit different,” said Mrs Pooley. “There’s lots of things we have had to put in place.”

This year the site is bigger than ever before at 75 acres - up from 50 acres last year and tickets must be booked online.

Maddison Steele, six, left, with Edward Taylor, four and his sister Poppy, six, in the Maize Maze created in celebration of the NHS and keyworkers at the Undley Pumpkin Patch. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYMaddison Steele, six, left, with Edward Taylor, four and his sister Poppy, six, in the Maize Maze created in celebration of the NHS and keyworkers at the Undley Pumpkin Patch. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“It’s the first time we have had to put a ticket system in online,” said Mrs Pooley.

“We have had to limit numbers to make sure everyone has enough space.”

Despite all the changes to the way the site works, the event has continued to prove popular, with all weekend tickets now booked until the end of the season.

Mrs Pooley said that they were as pleased as their visitors to have been able to open this year, despite the restrictions.

Imogen Moles, six, with Samuel O'Neill, eight, and his brother Oliver, 13, from Ipswich, with their chosen pumpkins at the Undley Pumpkin Patch. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYImogen Moles, six, with Samuel O'Neill, eight, and his brother Oliver, 13, from Ipswich, with their chosen pumpkins at the Undley Pumpkin Patch. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“We are grateful we are open,” said Mrs Pooley.

“I think people just want some where to go and somewhere to take the children.”

The maize maze and pumpkin patch will remain open until Saturday, October 31.

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