KERDROYA is a major new piece of permanent public art – a 56m diameter classical labyrinth built of Cornish stone hedging at Colliford Lake on Bodmin Moor. The visitor walks a single, meandering path through stretches of artisan stonework celebrating the aesthetics of distinct hedging styles from 12 Cornish locations. At the very heart of Kerdroya, a 10m circular space opens out to breath-taking views across the moorland and lake. Here you will find a one-off specially commissioned art work funded by Arts Council England, which will augment and deepen the Kerdroya experience.
Kerdroya is the successful bid for the ‘Diamond Landscapes’ commission celebrating 60 years of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and 4,000 years of the humble Cornish hedge. The project has been funded by Cornwall Council, Cornwall AONB, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, FEAST, Cornwall Heritage Trust and Arts Council England.
We’re inviting One and All to join us to create Kerdroya, a living testament to culture, habitat and skill. Not only can you be part of this colossal labyrinth, you will be part of a project that will support tens of thousands of species of insects and pollinators, and train the next generation of Cornish Hedgers.
There are three ways to get involved:
Of all the human-created features of our landscape, first prize for impact, beauty and function (as well as geological, ecological and cultural significance) goes to the Cornish hedge. Claimed to be amongst the oldest human-built structures in the world still in use for their original purpose, some hedges are perhaps more than 4,000 years old. With locally distinctive building styles celebrating the micro-geology of place, our hedges create the characteristic field-patterns of the Cornish landscape. There are about 30,000 miles of hedge across Cornwall today: vital nature reserves, linking corridors that connect all 12 AONBs with each other and through time with their pre-farming species range. With the recent near-catastrophic decrease in pollinators, hedges, which function as a reservoir for tens of thousands of species of insect (plus 600 species of flowering plants), are of critical importance.
Throughout the summer of 2019, local master hedgers worked with community groups and schools to pass on the knowledge and skills to create a diverse team of ‘Hedge Stewards’. We have already repaired 12 sections of Cornish Hedge, run 12 Hedging Taster Days, 12 Community Lectures and created 360 primary school Hedge Stewards.
In Spring 2020, under the radar, we completed the groundwork and set the grounders so the footprint of Cornwall is now visible from above and the whole vision is now starting to manifest.
“The Kerdroya project is an inspired piece of conservation that combines art, craft and the natural world – as the Cornish hedges themselves do. They are one of Cornwall’s great unsung wonders, and they are in need of attention. After a day jigsawing stones out on the cliff with a master hedger, I’m going home to try and repair my own.”
– Philip Marsden, Author
“Just to say how much our pupils have enjoyed working on this amazing Cornish hedge project. Thank you very much – events like this add real diversity and value to our curriculum!”
– Ms Talbot, Grade-Ruan School
Spring 2021 will see us recruiting a further 150 primary school Hedge Detectives, running family story telling walks, create 12 Cultural Treasure Time capsules and open the Outdoor University of Cornish Hedging.
For the time being the labyrinth remains closed to the public but we hope it will be open in Spring 2021. To be the first to hear sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of the page.