Highbury man’s shear talent raises over £10k for charity hedge-fund

Tim Bushe elephants
Tim was catapulted into national headlines when a photo of his elephants went viral on Twitter

Tim Bushe discovered his talent when his wife asked him to trim the hedge outside their house into the shape of a cat. Today, his elephant sculptures have become a landmark on the corner of Ambler Road and Romilly Road.

“The elephants have become an attraction. I’ve known taxi drivers to give directions using them as a landmark,” he said.

With around 20 sculptures under his belt – most of which are in Islington – his flair for topiary has raised £10,235 over the last six years for HfT, a charity that works with people with learning disabilities and looks after his sister Martha who has Down’s syndrome.

Tim Bushe cats
These cats are one of about 20 topiary marvels Tim has left dotted around Islington

Tim designs and cuts each sculpture for a £200 donation and does several follow-up shaping cuts throughout the year at £75 per visit.

He is usually the one who decides what he will sculpt, unless there is a specific request. “I always want to do something I’ve never done before – I’d never do the same sculpture twice,” he said.

Branching away from sculpting mainly animals, he is currently working on a hedge inspired to resemble Henry Moore’s ‘Reclining Nude’, as well as a giant head inspired by the works of Ron Mueck.

Tim Bushe train
Tim is keen to trying his hand at sculpting things other than animals, as he did with this steam engine

As the sculptures have to be pruned three times a year, Tim is currently looking to recruit somebody to help him with maintaining them.

You can donate to HfT via Mr Bushe’s justgiving page here.