THE plans to restore Glendurgan Gardens infamous maze have been given a huge boost with £12,495 being raised.

Barclays event, ‘Test the Team’ invited 21 teams to take part in an interactive quiz, which raised more than £6,000 with the bank pledging to match that amount. The quiz night included a raffle and auction with prizes donated by local businesses and suppliers.

Jon Cummins, the visitor experience manager for Glendurgan, said: “The quiz evening was a fantastic event. It was humbling to spend the evening with people who were so enthusiastic in donating, bidding and raising funds, all of which helps ensure the future of the maze for generations to come.”

The donations mean that the maze, built in the 1830s, can be restored to its former glory, with each of the 173 steps being replaced along with new paths and cutting back the hedge itself.

The National Trust want to ensure that the maze can cope with more than 90,000 annual visitors and restoration work has already begun last winter, with the project expected to take at least another two years.

Funds will continue to be raised by Glendurgan, with the National Trust matching every £1 raffle ticket purchase with a £1 donation of their own.