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CBeebies Sid gets aerial view of family farm’s eight acre maze

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A children’s TV presenter was given an aerial view of a family farm’s new eight-acre maze.

Former CBeebies star Sid Sloane and media teams were given helicopter rides over Tulleys Farm in Turners Hill on Wednesday (July 16).

The view of the farm’s Country Puzzle Park and Giant Maze revealed the smiling face of Scruffles the Scarecrow.

Sid got a fantastic view of the “maizey maze”.

He said: “There was a nice gentleman waving his hand and I was sussing my way to the middle - and I now know how to get through the maze.

“I’ve cheated! I’ve got to hold it in my memory.”

Explaining his visit, he said the maze would be an ideal activity for his empowerment course for underprivileged children.

He planned to launch the course, provisionally named Sid’s Empowerment Course, for seven to eleven-year-olds in Brighton and Hove in November.

Sid said: “We could bring them to Tulleys because of the educational element of the maze.

“I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to see how suitable the maze would be and I think it would be ideal.

“These types of problem-solving situations help develop a person.”

The maze’s pathways are four miles long and cover eight acres.

Stuart Beare, owner of Tulleys Farm, said it took two months and “a lot of effort” to prepare the maze.

“It’s very complicated.

“It has seven bridges which give all the ups and overs and you can constantly pop up and down and get out and see what’s going on.”

The pathways depict the farm’s new mascot Scuffles.

The character will appear in the farm’s Easter, Christmas and Halloween festivals.

Stuart said: “All of our attractions follow the seasons - there’s nothing joining them.

“Scuffles is going to link all the different seasons together.”

Scruffles’ clothes would change according to the season and more characters are being planned.

Stuart said around 30,000 people would visit his farm in the summer.

The maze was the “anchor attraction” to its Country Puzzle Park.

The park has tractor rides, an adventure playground and more.

The maze design changes annually. The first one was a dragon in 1998.

Stuart said his teams used to transplant maize plants into the maze.

They now use GPS technology to mark and remove the plants growing over the maze’s pathways.

 

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