Giant Derbyshire topiary bird wows visitors

Visitors to a Derbyshire village have been amazed to see this giant pink topiary bird sitting proudly in a garden

Monday, 20th May 2019, 12:28 pm
The bird enjoys its annual trim!

David Shawcross, 85, is seen here giving his giant 18ft tall topiary its spring time trim.He and his wife moved into his home in Callow, near Wirksworth, in 1966.

The house was partially derelict and the garden had been neglected for decades. But one spindly hawthorn sapling soon caught the couple’s eyes.

David, a retired art teacher said: “We didn’t choose it, it chose itself. It began to grow into a ragged and ramshackle bush but clearly had the shape of a chick. So I began to clip it to help it along. . It gets one big trim in the autumn but I always tidy it up during the Easter holiday too.”

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David adds the finishing touches
The impressive bird is lovingly clipped into shape