The Tithe Farm Unicursal Double Archimedian Spiral Floral Labyrinth

In the grounds of Tithe Farm Yurt Camping

The Tithe Farm Unicursal Double Archimedean Spiral Floral Labyrinth is the only one of its kind in existence. Constructed in May 2012 in a field on the outskirts of North Somercotes in Lincolnshire, it is set within a circle of trees of diameter one chain or 22 yards.

On entering the Labyrinth one turns left and follows a one yard wide sunken path spiralling clockwise between ridges bedecked with wild flowers to the centre, marked by a Giant Redwood tree. The path then spirals outwards, anticlockwise, leaving the labyrinth at a point that corresponds with the alignment of the rising Sun at Midsummer.

Here are a few snaps, taken on May the 13th 2012. Top, the site is a five acre field in which a 22 yard (one chain) diameter circle of tree seedlings were planted a few years ago. There are oak, ash, birch, poplar, willow, elder, holly, sycamore, and in the centre, a giant redwood. Well, not exactly giant yet - it's got another couple of hundred of feet to grow. Middle picture shows some of the diggers hard at it (there were others but cider and chocolate brownies meant they missed this photo). Bottom picture shows some of the diggers making the first tread round the ~190 yard path.

There is a lot of tidying up to do and the banks will then be sown and planted with wild flowers and anything we can get hold of to make it all look pretty.

And here it is in July 2012. We sowed lots of wild-flower seed (and some not so wild) and did no weeding except for taking grass out of the top of the banks.

By mid-August the flowers have really filled up the space.

So here we are a year on. This picture was taken in June 2013. Things have matured considerably, with bienniels such as the foxgloves now dominating the flowerscape.

By the beginning of August 2013 the Labyrinth had taken a misty sort of complexion, dominated by the white wild carrots and pale clary sages. The colourul blaze of poppies has come and gone earlier this year as the seeds got an earlier start and the foxglove too are now ripening their seeds.

May 2014 and the Labyrinth is much greener after a mild spring. Plenty of flowers coming out.

A few labyrithine weblinks:

The Louth Area Group of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has it's own blog and website

Here is a list of flowers we found on our plot in 2012:

Genus Species Common
Aethusa cynapium Fool's Parsley
Aggrostemma gothago Corncockle
Alchemilla vulgaris Lady's Mantle
Alliaria petiolata Garlic Mustard, Jack-by-the-hedge, Poor-man's-mustard
Anthemis arvensis Corn Chamomile
Anthriscus sylvestris Cow parsley
Arctium lappa Burdock
Armoracia rusticana Hprse Radish
Bellis perenis Daisy
Calystegia sepium Hedge Bindweed
Capsella bursa-pastoris Shepherd's Purse
Centranthus ruber Red Valerian
Cichorium intybus Chicory
Cirsium vulgare Spear Thistle
Convolvulis arvenis Field Bindweed
Crepis biennis Rough Hawksbeard
Crepis capillaris Smooth Hawk's-beard
Digitalis purpurea Foxglove
Dipsacus fullonum Teasel
Epilobium angustifolium Rosebay Willow Herb
Epilobium montanum Broad-leaved Willow-herb
Epilobium hirsutum Great Willowherb
Epilobium parviflorum Hoary Willowherb
Equisetum arvenis Horsetail
Euphorbia peplus Petty Spurge
Fallopia convolvulus Black Bindweed
Galanthus nivales Snowdrop
Galium aparine Goose Grass, Cleavers
Geranium pyranaicum Hedgerow crane's bill
Geranium robertianum Herb Robert
Geranium molle Dove's-Foot Crane's-Bill
Geranium disectum Cut-Leaved Crane's-Bill
Geum urbanum Wood Avens or Herb Bennet
Glechoma hederacea Ground Ivy
Hedera helix Ivy
Heracleum sphondylium Common Hogweed
Hieracium aurantiacum Orange Hawkweed
Hieracium sp Hawkweed
Humulus lapulus Hop
Hypericum androsaemum Tutsan
Hypericum perforatum Perforate St John's-Wort
Hypericum tetrapterum Square-stalked St. John's-wort
Hypochoeris radicata Catsear
Lamium album White dead nettle
Lamium purpereum Purple Dead Nettle
Lamium amplexicaule Henbit
Lamium galeobdolon Yellow Archangel, Yellow dead nettle
Lapsana communis Nipplewort
Leontodon hispidis Rough Hawkbit
Leucanthemu vulgare Ox-eye Daisy
Lornica periclymenum Honeysuckle
Lotus corniculatus Bird's Foot Trefoil
Lysimachia vulgaris Yellow Loosestrife
Malva sylvestris Common Mallow
Matricaria recutita Mayweed
Myosotis sylvatica Wood Forget-me-Not
Myostis arvensis Field Forget-me-not
Oenothera biennis Evening Primrose
Ophrys apifera Bee Orchid
Papaver rhoeas Corn Poppy
Persicaria maculosa Redshank
Petasites hybridus Butterbur
Phragmites communis Reed
Plantago major Common Plantain
Plantago lanceolata Ribwort Plantain
Primula veris Cowslip
Primula vulgaris Primrose
Ranunculus ficaria Lesser Celandine
Ranunculus repens Buttercup
Ranunculus acris Meadow Buttercup
Ranunculus sceleratus Celery-leafed Buttercup
Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum Watercress
Rorippa palustris Marsh Yellow Cress
Rumex conglomeratus Clustered Dock
Saponaria officinalis Soapwort
Scabiosa columbaria Small Scabious
Scrophularia nodosa Common Figwort
Senecio vulgaris Groundsel
Senecio jacobaea Ragwort
Silene latifolia White Campion
Silene dioica Red/Pink Campion
Sisymbrium officinale Hedge Mustard
Solanum nigrum Black Nightshade
Solidago canadensis Canadian goldenrod
Sonchus arvensis Perennial or Corn Sow Thistle
Sonchus oleraceus Smooth Sow-Thistle
Sonchus asper Prickly Sow-Thistle
Stachys sylvatica Hedge Woundwort
Symphytum officinale Comfrey
Tanacteum parthenium Feverfew
Taraxacum officinale Dandelion
Torilis japonica Upright Hedge Parsley
Tragopogon pratensis Goat's Beard
Trifolium dubium Lesser Trefoil
Urtica dioica Nettle
Verbena officialis Vervain
Veronica chamaedrys Germander Speedwell
Vicia sativa Common Vetch
Vicia hirsuta Hairy Tare
Vinca minor Periwinkle
Viola odorata Sweet Violet

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has a programme of seed collection from its reserves for propagation and replanting in new sites, adding to Lincolnshire's biodiversity. Here are the seeds we are propagating this winter for planting out in spring 2013 at various sites around Lincolnshire.

Genus Species Common Name Collected from Collection date
Agrimonia eupatoria Agrimony
Blackstonia perfoliata Yellow-wort Red Hill Regeneration Area 2012
Borago officinalis Borage Caister 2012
Centaurea scabrosa Greater Knapweed Red Hill Regeneration Area 2012
Centaurea nigra Common Knapweed
Centaurium erythraea Common Centaury A16/M180 flyover 2012
Clinopodium vulgaris Wild Basil Red Hill Regeneration Area 2011
Erigeron acer Blue Fleabane North Lincs B1211/A180 underpass 2012
Filipendia vulgaris Dropwort Duke's Covet 2012
Filipendula ulmaria Meadowsweet
Galium verum Lady's Bedstraw Red Hill Regeneration Area 2011
Gentianella amarella Autumn Gentian Red Hill Regeneration Area 2012
Geranium pratense Meadow Cranesbill
Helianthemum nummularium Common Rock-rose Ancaster Valley 2010
Hippocrepis comesa Horseshoe Vetch Duke's Covet 2012
Knautia arvensis Field Scabious
Lathyrus pratensis Meadow Vetchling Lincs roadside 2012
Leontodon hispidus Rought Hawkbit Red Hill Regeneration Area 2012
Leucanthemum vulgare Oxeye Daisy Timberland Churchyard 2012
Malve moschata Musk Mallow
Onobrychis viciifolia Sainfoin Great Casterton Road Banks 2012
Ononis spinosa Spiny Restharrow Pickworth Village Green originally Ancaster Valley 2011
Pimpinella saxifraga Burnet saxifrage Walot Village Green 2011
Plantago media Hoary Plantain Lincolnshire
Ranunculus bulbosus Bulbous Buttercup Walcot nr. Folkingham 2012
Scabrosa columbaria Small Scabious Red Hill Regeneration Area 2012
Silene vulgaris Bladder Campion
Tragopogon pratensis Goat's Beard Caister Hight Street 2012
Trifolium ochroleucon Sulphur Clover Great Casterton Road Banks 2012
Vicia cracea Tufted Vetch Lincs Wolds road verges 2012

11th December 2012. Latest additions, at the entrance to the Labyrynth, are some young birch trees, Betula albosinensis 'Pink Champagne' (Chinese Red Birch) supplied by the rather wonderful Stone Lane nursery. They specialise in birches and alders, both good for pollen in the earliest part of the spring. And amongst them we've planted some English bluebells, Hyathinsoides non-scripta and the autumn flowereing saffron crocus, Crocus sativa.

Contact: Jean & Biff Vernon
Tithe Farm, Church End, North Somercotes, Louth, Lincolnshire. LN11 7PZ
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