SCHOOL children from Hartlepool were the first to try out a new maze at a nature attraction.
Youngsters from Ward Jackson Primary School, in Hartlepool, were invited to test the new feature to RSPB Saltholme.
The maze is made out of willow and has been created after two and a half years’ hard work by dedicated Saltholme staff and volunteers.
It opens to the public this weekend at the reserve off Seaton Carew Road.
Saltholme volunteer Peter Langham, who helped design the maze, said: “We began planting in February around 18 months ago, using cuttings taken from the living fence around our playground, and some extra willow cut from the maze at Newham Grange Leisure Farm.
“Willow is a great material to use because it grows quite quickly, and is very flexible so can be woven into living fences, tunnels and even wigwams.”
It features tunnels, a willow wigwam and storytelling chair.
The planted willow will continue growing and will also provide shelter for all kinds of birds and wildlife.
Marketing officer Liz Morgan said: “The willow maze is a great addition to our adventure playground.”