Boston Park Farm is a family business run by the Chappell family and includes the Tearooms, Maize Maze and horse liveries as well as an 800 acre arable farm. 2016 is the 17th season for the maize maze, which has grown and developed since it started in 2000.
In 2012 we expanded the facilities at the Maize Maze and built a new tearoom with indoor play areas. There is an animal trail where you can get up close to all the animals to pet and feed them. The indoor play area is aimed at the under 5′s.
The Maize Maze is open from Mid July until the end of October each year when it is harvested to feed to the animals
The Boston Park Maizie Maze is built using forage maize. This remarkable plant is grown all over the world and has many different uses but ours here at Boston Park is used for animal feed. Maize grows very fast – within 3 months of the maize being sown at Boston Park it is taller than an adult.
Boston Park Farm is adjacent to Hatfield Moor, one of the most important lowland raised bogs in the UK. The area around the moor was drained in the mid-17th century by Dutch engineer Cornelius Vermuyden and the farm is characterised by flat fields separated by drainage dykes.
The farm is entered into the Higher Level Countryside Stewardship Scheme, which supports sensitive management of the land for the benefit of wild plants, animals and birds. Implementing the scheme involves establishing new hedgerows, wide uncultivated margins in each field and raising the local water table during the summer by placing boards to temporarily dam drainage ditches. The effect of the wide margins and damming the ditches has significant benefits for wildfowl and aquatic plants.
Amongst the many species found on the farm there are a number which are either protected or are becoming increasingly rare, including the grey partridge , the hare and the skylark.
In addition to the grey partridge, other species of interest at this time of year typically include lapwing, snipe, yellowhammer and short eared owl, and during the summer the farm is an excellent place to watch and hear nightjars on the adjacent Moor.
We are working hard to protect the wider environment at Boston Park whilst maintaining a working farm. We would be delighted to welcome school parties who want to find out more.