A MAN whose mazes can be found in more than 36 countries has been saluted as one of the nation’s inspiring exporters.

Adrian Fisher, founder and maze creator at Adrian Fisher Design, was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

He has created the mazes enjoyed by millions of visitors to attractions such as Blenheim Palace and Legoland.

Mr Fisher’s work ranges from classic hedge mazes to mirror mazes, water mazes and technology-driven “maze hybrids”.

The Durweston-based businessman holds the record for the world’s largest maze – a title he has won nine times in his 40-year career.

Mr Fisher said: “This is truly a lovely and exciting honour and I am so humbled to be recognised, especially during this tough time. I find that, every time one person gets recognised in the creative industry, it’s a pat on the back for many others in the field.

“This honour is a salute to people in the creative sector during a tough time – the sector in Britain is the best in the world.”

Mr Fisher’s fundraising for charities including the British Heart Foundation, Water Aid and First Light Trust has generated around £100,000. He has supported his local church and dedicates much of his time to delivering motivational talks to young people.

International trade secretary Liz Truss congratulated the exporters recognised in the honours list.

“It is a testament to the innovativeness and creativity of UK businesses and I look forward to continuing to celebrate those who export overseas, showcasing UK goods the world over,” she said.

“This year’s celebration is especially important given the pandemic and, with trade being essential to the UK’s economic recovery from coronavirus, it is integral that we continue to equip businesses up and country with the information and tools needed to export across the globe.”

Antonia Romeo, permanent secretary at the Department for International Trade, said: “It’s brilliant to see, once again, British business leaders be recognised for their exporting capabilities and successes abroad, as well as a number of talented and dedicated DIT colleagues recognised for their service to international trade.”