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Alina Maisie sows the seeds for an A-maize-ing summer!

Two year old Alina Maisie has just planted the seeds of summer at Willows Activity Farm!

Alina Maisie, from Chesham, has been busy sowing maize seeds for the annual A-maize-ing Maze which will shoot up in time for the Summer Spectacular event at Willows, beginning on the 19th July.With her wheelbarrow and trowel in hand, Alina Maisie has planted the seeds for a maize maze that will span acres of land, with a little help from Farmers Anna and Andrew of course.Farmer Andrew said ‘Our A-maize-ing Maze is a firm family favourite but this year we wanted to do something extra special. Parents often describe their children as “shooting up” so we wanted to plot our maize maze’s growth against little Alina Maisie’s!’But Alina Maisie may be on the back foot as the A-maize-ing Maze is set to grow to be 6 feet tall by the height of summer. Alina’s Mum, Katharina, said ‘We’re so pleased to be involved in the planting of the maze at Willows, and seeing how tall Alina Maisie will grow compared to the maze.“We’ve been invited back to visit so Alina Maisie can track the maze’s progress - I can’t wait to see her face when she sees the maize seeds she planted towering over her!”

As well as Maisie’s A-maize-ing Maze, Willows will also have a jam-packed programme of activity for visitors to enjoy during Summer Spectacular (between 19 July and 31 August). Spectators can take a punt on Billy No Mates or Kid Me Kate as they compete to win on the goat racing track. Visitors can then go for gold themselves in the summer sports day races- who will be the fastest on the space hoppers or the quickest to navigate their wheelbarrow around the cones?Plus find all the family favourites like Woolly’s Workout Agility Play Trail, Tristan the Runaway Tractor and under cover play at JCB Little Learners and Woolly’s Jumpers Indoor play barn throughout the summer season.

Summer Spectacular is at Willows from 19 July to 31 August, for more information visit or call 0870 129 9718  

Willows welcomes newborn Albie during International Donkey Week


Willows Activity Farm has welcomed a new arrival, Albie the donkey, born just in time for International Donkey Week!

Baby donkey Albie was born on Sunday 11 May to mother Gracie, who was also born at Willows 10 years ago. His father is Ned, who joined Willows two years ago as a rescue donkey.

Farmers Anna and Andrew Wolfe are very pleased with Albie’s progress so far, who has been following in mum Gracie’s footsteps by taking his first wobbly strides!

Farmer Andrew said: “Gracie is a fantastic mum; as soon as Albie was born she was licking him clean and pawing at him to stand – this is to make sure that if there’s any danger, foals are up on their feet and can follow their mothers to safety. He was standing within half an hour and soon after was drinking her milk.”“In fact, she’s every inch the proud mum, showing Albie off by staying near the front of the pen so that visitors can get a chance to see him. He is already a real little character – he is so inquisitive and seems to be loving the attention!”

International Donkey Week aims to highlight the lives of donkeys, particularly in the developing world, who do hard labour that would otherwise be done by cars and trucks. Fortunately, the donkeys at Willows enjoy a life in a loving home, with plenty of trained staff on hand to look after them.

Visitors to Willows can find Albie and his mum Gracie in the Farmyard, or catch them on the Willows Animal Cam by logging onto the website. For more information visit or call 0870 129 9718.