Derelict land transformed into haven

Grand opening of Puzzle Wood, Simgleton attended  by Coun Maxine Chew
Grand opening of Puzzle Wood, Simgleton attended by Coun Maxine Chew
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A wasteland and haven for dog fouling has been transformed into a wooded wonderland thanks to one man and his son.

A councillor has praised the tireless efforts of David Kay and his son Tom, of Singleton, who spent three years restoring Puzzle Wood to its former glory.

At the weekend, around 70 people attended a ceremony re-opening the area as an idyllic public space.

The area was once a well-manicured miniature hedge maze that belonged to the Miller family who bought the Great Singleton estate in the 1800s.

But for decades nature had run its course until Mr Kay, with support from the parish council and Singleton Trust, set about restoring the area.

Coun Maxine Chew, who herself donated materials for use in the project, said: “It used to be known at Puzzle Gardens when it belonged to the Miller family.

“But then in the 1940s nature took over and it just went wild. It became a dumping ground and it was really pretty grim.”

Mr Kay approached the parish council five years ago to ask for a small amount of funding to help restore the wood.

In total, he managed to secure around £3,000 from various sources, as well as resources donated by the public, and now, after years of hard work, it has been officially re-opened.

Coun Maxine Chew, who represents Singleton on Fylde Council, added: “What David’s done is fantastic, absolutely brilliant. He said he wanted to tidy it up so it could become a maintained woodland.

“Tom has worked really hard with his dad with great enthusiasm too. And they have had a lot of support – it’s been a complete community effort.

“It’s taken a long time because they’ve had to do it in their spare time.”

Mr Kay has been keeping a blog of his project, with updates on his progress, at