Posted in 'How to', Hedging, Simple but briiiant, Topiary, tagged @HedgecutterMan, cutting back privet, elephants roaming the streets in finsbury park, herd of elephants in privet, privet elephants, pruning privet, public art in finsbury park, Tim Bushe, topiary elephants, topiary sculptures from privet, urban topiary in Finsbury Park on July 14, 2012|
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Tim’s back and creating more fantastic topiary in our area.
At the beginning of the year on a bright winter’s day, Tim started transforming a neighbour’s troublesome and massively overgrown hedge into a thing of beauty. Troublesome, because it was such a solid and enormous mass, that people were doing bad things under cover of the dense privet.
On first sighting, Tim’s thoughts flew to an elephant herd, and no sooner thought of than done!
Tim is a fast worker, even with a spot of tennis elbow,
and with ‘team elephant’ behind him, managed the first cut in a few 2 hour sessions.
Six months later and after its second cut, the herd is looking amazing. There are still a few areas that need to fill out, but we’re all mighty impressed with Tim’s achievement. Both ‘London in Bloom’ and ‘It’s your neighbourhood’ judges who recently visited our area were bowled over by this amazing transformation and if you stand to look and stare for a few moments, you will soon get into conversations with other passers-by who are similarly wowed by this wonderful herd.
The residents are delighted to have reclaimed their front garden and the rest of the neighbourhood benefits from this fantastic piece of public art.
Tim Bushe’s previous topiary sculptures can be seen just up the road in Highbury and Tim can be contacted on Twitter @HedgecutterMan or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like him to create other works of art in your area, with all proceeds going to his sister’s charity, the HFT Trust. If you’d like to make a donation, go to Tim’s page on Just Giving.
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Posted in 'How to', Hedging, Pruning, Shrubs, tagged @HedgecutterMan, Arsenal Cannon, BTG community planting, Bushe's Bushes, Gunners Cannon, Hedge trimming, how to create topiary, how to trim a hedge, Ligustrum ovalifolium, Privet, Topiary, topiary cats, topiary train on August 10, 2011|
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Back in June, when we were delivering growbags for our veg growing project, we couldn’t help but notice some amazing topiary en route.
Tim Bushe (aka @HedgecutterMan) is the designer of such wonders, and I popped back recently to find out how he creates and maintains his masterpieces. As I asked what local residents thought of such marvels, he had to admit that after many years of silence, it was through his topiary that he has finally got to know his neighbours, as once when he was trimming away, he became aware of a neighbour standing behind him clapping!
Most of the hedges in the Highbury/ Arsenal area are grown using Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium), although Tim has plans for experimenting with many different types of hedging further afield.
Tim has expertly transformed existing hedges over the last few years using just a basic electric hedge trimmer, 42cm being the ideal length of blade for the job, and dislikes the idea of spending more than half an hour trimming his creations (although the cats can sometimes take a little longer).
Adept as he is with his hedge trimmer, Tim has also recently invested in some smaller clippers which will facilitate his more intricate designs (as per scary monster above).
As his notoriety spreads, Tim is now offering his services in the form of a consultation, topiary design and first cut for a bargain price of £250.00 (if you live in the Islington/Highbury/Finsbry Park area of North London) and £75.00.00 for subsequent cuts (September 2012). You can contact him on Twitter @HedgecutterMan or at email@example.com. All proceeds will go to his sister’s charity HFT Trust and donations to the charity can be made via Just Giving.
On our travels in June, we also came across an unloved piece of ground desperately in need of a bit of planting to enliven the space. Happily, Tim has agreed to create a topiary Gunners (Arsenal for all those non-football fans) Cannon, complete with cannon balls in this small but perfectly formed area. The bare-rooted privet has been ordered for an autumn delivery and we’ll be building a red and white (Arsenal colours) picket fence to protect Tim’s creation whilst it’s growing. Will keep you updated on how our shooter progresses.
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