The works for building a maze made out of berry plants (16 types of them, that is) have well and truly started. The cement slab has been cleaned up and repaired, the weeds have been mowed and a plough has been brought in to turn the soil and prepare it for planting. With only 6 days to go until the big event where visitors were supposed to be given a taste of the real maze (part of the Bristol Doors Open Days) organisers found themselves in a terrible situation: the plough unearthed a proper tip, with masses of rubble, old car bits and fly tipped items scattered across the 850sqm of land. During the week, most of the volunteers are at work, so not many were available to come round and help. And this is where the runners from Good Gym jumped to the rescue. Raluca, the organiser recollects: "We were absolutely desperate! But then I remembered that Paul Becker from Good Gym mentioned that they had a running session on Tuesdays. I messaged him right there and then, and in less than half an hour he confirmed they could help. I could finaly give a sigh of relief!" True to their word, the runners who help people and communities in need arrived at the site around 6.45 and in less than an hour cleared most of the rubble. Here is what they say: "Naturally we jumped at the chance to help out - our members love nothing more than to help a project in need - so we headed out along the Malago Greenway and got stuck in moving as many rocks as possible out of the soil and into a pile (..) Everyone worked hard collecting up rubble and rubbish." Germinal, Christine, Jackie and Debbie, the Malago Greenway Project volunteers, completed the job and now everything could go ahead as planned. Despite the awful weather on the days before the event, the Berry Maze volnteers delivered what was promised for Mock'a'Maze Day: the maze real scale model, along wth it's beautiful mini junk model, cakes and games for everyone and an amazing reproduction of Harry's (the child who designed the maze) drawing at a whooping 8x4m, courtesy of Ollie Gillard, the local artist who volunteered his time for the project and the lovely children from Victoria Park Primary School. Harry visited the maze for the first time loved every bit of it (as you can see from the photo!). The day was a success and visitors arrived from all over Bristol to find out what the maze will look like. Children were both amuzed and confused and had lots of fun recognising berries from the photos around the maze. Help arrived also in the shape of a donation of wire cutters from the local business Bell Tools, perfect for building the structure of the maze. Works will continue throughout September, when virtually every Saturday between 9 and 4 there is something "cooking" at the Berry Maze - bramble root pulling and laying mulch on the paths on the 16th, structure building on the 23rd and the 30th. The project works will culminate with the berries being planted, on the 18th of November. There will be special guests that day and all hands will be needed on deck - approximatively 260 bare root canes will be planted in the same time (must be a record in itself!) There might be changes of schedule and there is a possibility that the permanent painting of the central slab will be done in October, so if you'd like to participate, keep in touch with the organisers via www.facebook.com/TheBerryMaze2017 or email@example.com.