A LABYRINTH inspired by part of the most famous map in history could be installed at one of Hereford's green spaces.

The labyrinth – made up of a single, convoluted path which has a number of reversals of direction and eventually leads to the centre – would be a permanent installation measuring 20m in diameter and constructed on Hereford's Bishop's Meadow.

It is based on a drawing of a tiny labyrinth on the island of Crete, seen on the medieval Mappa Mundi which is housed at Hereford Cathedral.

Although project organisers have raised about £18,000, a further £5,000 is needed to ensure it can go ahead – and there is now an opportunity for the community to get involved through a Crowdfunding campaign.

It is hoped that the labyrinth will provide space for fun, exercise, peace and contemplation and the project has received generous financial support from Hereford City Council, the Severn Waste Environmental Fund, the Seven Helpers Trust and the Rowlands Trust.

Mike Booth, from the South Wye Development Trust, said: "Inspiration has been drawn from the Mappa Mundi, where there is a labyrinth on the island of Crete.

"We thought it would be a nice idea to do a full size one. It will be freely open to the public for 24 hours a day, for everyone. We need to raise about £24,000 in total."

Everyone who contributes, in any way, will have their name included in a time capsule to be buried under the carved stone centrepiece of the Labyrinth.

It is hoped a firm decision will be made by the end of July, ready for the installation to take place in September.

It would then be left through the winter to settle and opened in spring next year.

To donate or find out more about the project, visit herefordlabyrinth.co.uk/donate/