Two elephants meeting on a street corner is an amazing sight, but this impressive topiary is not just turning heads.
Hedge artist Tim Bushe, 60, charges for his art to fundraise for the Hft charity that supports his sister Martha, who has Down’s Syndrome.
Mr. Bushe, who lives in Highbury, north London, discovered his talent for privet-hedge trimming four years ago when his wife Philippa asked him to trim the front garden bushes into the shape of a cat
The 60-year-old architect didn’t have time for a cat but used his electric 42-inch Black & Decker hedge cutter to create a steam engine instead.
He has since gone on to create several topiary works of art including those in the shapes of serpents, knots, owls, a chicken, a cannon, and a Chinese dragon.
Clipping sculptural hedges is a hobby of Mr. Bushe’s that he enjoys because it forms new links in the community and creates closer relationships with his neighbors.
Hft is a charity that supports his youngest sister, Martha, who has Down’s syndrome. To raise money for Hft, he creates a hedge-art and charges £250 for a hedge sculpture and £75 for each of the next three shapes.