Hedge artist trims his workload after motorbike crash
Holiday accident forces man whose hedges have fans around the world to take time off
04 May, 2018 — By Felix Thompson
Tim Bushe in his body brace
A GREEN-FINGERED gardener whose topiary creations attract visitors from around the world has had to pass his shears to an apprentice after a motorbike accident in Mexico.
Tim Bushe, whose life-size elephant hedges have been wowing passers-by in Highbury for years, has been immobilised in a body brace and sworn off physical activity on doctors orders.
He came off his bike in a Mexican desert at the end of last year and when he got back to the UK doctors told him he is lucky to be walking.
Mr Bushe said: “Mexico is not on my list for anything at the moment, to be honest. I’m not a great fan of their medical system – they thought I was just badly bruised, even after doing X-rays.”
One of the artistic hedges created by Mr Bushe in Amber Road
“They got it spectacularly wrong. I found out [how bad it was] when I got back to the UK. I went to the University College Hospital and they told me off. My neurosurgeon said I’m lucky to be even walking.”
For the first spring cut of the year this week Mr Bushe was watching on as his apprentice, also named Tim, was trimming away.
The leafy creations tend to attract Arsenal fans, taxi drivers and young mothers, but the hedges on the corner of Ambler Road and Romilly Road have shot to international fame recently.
Mr Bushe’s apprentice, Tim, has been forced to step in
“One woman jumped on the plane from Saudi Arabia and came straight here from Heathrow,” said Mr Bushe. “She was delighted to find me cutting the hedge, but was quite cross when I said I didn’t have a street map to all my other ones.”
There are around 20 other works by Mr Bushe, with some of his best right outside his own house. A train, cats and squirrels are some of the creations from his own garden gallery.
He requests that people he trims hedges for donate to the HFT charity, who take care of his sister Martha, who has Down Syndrome.
His creations will be featured at the Chelsea Fringe, and as part of a tree walk later this month organised by Blackstock Triangle Gardeners.