Claws for thought in maze puzzle

With all the twists and turns it will provide a fun summer challenge for families, but it's from the air that the latest maize maze creation by David and Bella Hall really comes to life.

With all the twists and turns it will provide a fun summer challenge for families, but it's from the air that the latest maize maze creation by David and Bella Hall really comes to life.

In what was a real labour of love, the dairy farmers lovingly oversaw the transformation of eight acres of land at Reydon, near Southwold, into an intricately-designed giant crab.

Despite some problems caused by the wet summer, the maze opens to the public today, but Mrs Hall explained how the hard work started as far back as Christmas.

Keen to come up with a nautical theme, she put her design onto paper before land surveyors armed with hi-tech equipment mapped out it would be developed on the field.

Canes were they positioned to form the shape of the crab and Mr Hall cut out the shape using his tractor and a rotavator.

"It was like doing a giant

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dot-to-dot and it has come out perfectly," said Mrs Hall.

"It's been a really bad year for maize generally, because it doesn't cope well with wet conditions. However, we

are now getting some sunshine."

The perimeter of the maze, which has 1.8 miles of paths, currently stands at about

5ft and it is expected to keep growing throughout the summer.

Last year's maze was in the design of a naval ship to mark the Battle of Sole Bay, off Southwold, in 1672 and the year before that the theme was birds with a marsh harrier cut into the field.

"We chose the crab design this year because crabbing is very popular at Southwold and Walberswick," added Mrs Hall.

The maze is sited off Halesworth Road, Reydon, close to Saint Felix School.

It will be open seven days a week until Sunday, September 2, 10am to 6pm, with last entries at 5pm.

Entrance costs £4 for adults, £3 for children and £12 for a family ticket.

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