In 2020, Lindengate’s New Programmes Development Manager approached Lindengate’s head gardener to create a Labyrinth for Lindengate. The Labryrinth was to be a space for everyone who visits, works or volunteers at Lindengate to enjoy. A new garden for personal contemplation and renewal; a space to create balance, reflecting an inclusive way of living together on our incredible planet. Therefore, in a small corner of the site that once housed bees and backs onto the conservation area at the foot of the Yurt Garden, a Labryinth garden was created made of recycled bricks with Thymus serpyllum and Chamomile creeping through the path beds.

Gently following a labyrinth path can help settle the breath and potentially reduce blood pressure.  Unlike a maze which is designed to trick the walker into hitting a dead end, a labyrinth has one correct route and no wrong turns. Some are left handed; some right handed depending on the first turn. Can you work out which one we have?

Labyrinths have been popular since Egyptian times with evidence of them appearing at least 4000 years ago. They are found on rock carvings, petroglyphs and on elaborate inscriptions. The Greeks loved Labyrinths and during the Middle Ages, Labyrinths were created in religious buildings for meditative journeys for the body and spirit. There is a famous Labyrinth on the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France, 80 km southwest of Paris.

The planting of our labyrinth deliberately combines wild plants with cultivars, a familiar style of Lindengate’s planting.  Nothing is too tidy allowing space for nature to thrive.  In the garden you will discover Malus sylvestris trees. Crab apples traditionally are associated with love and marriage. The small Autumn fruits make delicious jelly. Apart from Lindengate enjoying the small apple fruits, birds seek out the Autumn delights, distributing the fruit seeds across the site, enabling further trees to grow. Also, in spring, the Crab apple blossom attracts bees and insects. This garden is deliberately planted once again with in mind. Below the circle of established Willow trees is a circle of Lavender angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ and plants within the beds including Buddlejah davidii, Digitalis purpurea, Verbena bonariensis, Leucanthemum vulgare, Anthriscus sylvestris, Lonicera periclymenum. An everygreen, Taxus baccata was recently planted to provide additional food and shelter for the birds.

Charlie Powell, Co-Founder & General Manager

If you want to find a path to salvation or contemplation, or simply just fancy a gentle stroll to restore a balance with nature, visit the Lindengate Labyrinth. And if you were wondering what happened to the bees?  They are now thriving in the conservation area, cared for through the generous sponsorship of GLAZIER DESIGN.