Girlguiding Centenary Maze
The historic maze at Crystal Palace Park was
completely redesigned and renovated to mark the launch of
Girlguiding’s Centenary celebrations.
Crystal Palace Park has special significance
to Girlguiding as, on 4 September 1909, it was the location of the
first Scout Rally which a small group of girls dared to attend.
They approached Sir Robert Baden-Powell, requesting that he set up
‘something for the girls’. Following the request from the girls at
Crystal Palace Park, Lord Baden-Powell went ahead and founded the
movement of the ‘Girl Guides’ with 6,000 girls registering in
New artworks were
introduced to the maze, transforming it into a fun experience for
all ages: an educational 'treasure hunt' to be enjoyed by young and
old. Ten granite monoliths were placed within the maze to be
discovered, each one bearing an emblem drawn from the world of
nature and of significance to the guiding movement, from Snowdrops
and Daffodils to Polar bears and Dolphins. At the centre of the
maze, a map depicting its layout is set on the ground within a
paved circle and raised roundels reveal the positions of the ten
Visiting the maze
The maze is a year-round visitor attraction
open during opening hours of the park. Crystal Palace Park
is very accessible from London and can easily be combined
with a trip to ICANDO, Pax Lodge and other London sites. It is well
served by transport links, including the new overground line
linking east and south London.
There is also ample coach and car parking and
the nearest coach park is accessed by the National Sports Centre
entrance off Anerley Hill.
What to do at the maze
The maze offers many opportunities for games
and activities including producing rubbings of the roundels set in
the centre of the maze.
The maze is open to the public and you may
find you share the maze with a school group on a nature trip or
local community enjoying this great new space.
Find out more about how to visit
the Maze and what you can do there.
History of the project
At the beginning of the project, the Maze was
dark, overgrown, dangerous and not a pleasant place to play. A
partnership between Girlguiding, the London Borough of Bromley
Council and the London Development Agency was formed in order to
develop the project.
Girlguiding also commissioned
brook and black, two
female artists, to produce an interactive piece of work that would
fit into the maze and be open to not just Girlguiding members, but
to members worldwide and the local community.
Work began to take place during the
winter months of 2008 to start to bring the maze up to standard and
contractors were appointed and work began on-site towards the
end of April 2009. The new Maze is true to the layout of the
original design. With the active involvement of the London Borough
of Bromley there was an astounding transformation of the planting
in the maze area.
The maze was officially opened by Chief Guide
Liz Burnley along with 40 Brownies and Guides on 5 September 2009
as part of the Girlguiding Centenary launch celebration. Bromley
Head of Parks and Open Spaces Patrick Phillips, representatives
from the LDA, project manager Jo Gibbons, and artists Leo Brook and
Tiffany Black all attended the opening as well.