Design a real tree maze

East Cambridgeshire District Council is committed to doing everything it can to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions.
Following the declaration of a climate emergency in 2019, we pledged to create an annual Environment and Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan in which we would outline our top 20 actions for the year ahead. 
As part of the 2021/2022 action plan, we will be creating two new Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Tree Mazes as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy project.
To do this, we wanted to give school children across the district the opportunity to get involved in our plans by designing a maze made entirely out of trees!
We are asking children aged between 5 and 18 years old to channel their creativity to design a maze and submit their ideas to the Council. 
Once the competition has closed, two lucky winners will be picked and their maze designs will be brought to life at Ely Country Park. 
A junior maze aimed at younger children will also be planted alongside the main maze.  This will be maintained at a reduced height so that parents and young children can also enjoy this new feature safely.
The competition is now open and will run until 12pm on 29th September. 
The winners will be announced on Friday 1st October and once the winning designs are picked, East Cambridgeshire District Council will commence work on this during the next planting season at the end of the year.

How to enter

Entering is simple, all you have to do is draw out a maze design and send it back to the Council!
To provide a helping hand, we’ve created a special pack which contains all of the relevant information from entry rules to top tips and FAQs. Our pack is sure to help you when it comes to creating your design. 
Included in the pack is a grid to use when designing your maze, please ensure your design is drawn onto this grid. We have also included downloadable files to also allow you to design your maze digitally and to save on printing. If you can’t print out the grid, or save it digitally, you can create your own grid and submit that, but please make sure it is 12 squares long and wide for the main maze, or 7 squares long and wide for the junior maze.
You can submit your entry to the Council by emailing or post. 
Postal entries will need to be addressed to Richard Kay and sent to East Cambridgeshire District Council, The Grange, Nutholt lane, Ely, CB7 4EE.