Robert and Shirley Giddings have brought a bit of cheer in this gloomy winter to Broughton Street, and all it took was a couple of buckets and a hedger.
After turning their decades-old hedge into an Angry Bird on a whim last year, the pair said neighbourhood parents were begging them to do it again; it was such a hit with their little ones.
“A few mothers kept saying to us, ‘are you going to do it this year, are you going to do it this year?’ because the kids love it when they drive past,” said Shirley.
“That makes their day, they reckon it keeps them happy!”
For Robert, who is responsible for pruning the giant hedge, the mohawk serves two purposes: entertainment, and also so he doesn’t have to climb all the way onto a ladder to prune the top of the bush. He said he was inspired by a similar friendly face at the Batlow Bowling Green.
“I thought instead of just trimming over the whole thing, why don’t I leave a mohawk and put some eyes in him,” he said.
“It only takes an hour to trim it all over with the clippers, and the eyes are just two buckets with black drawn in the middle.”
Unfortunately, the buckets have been taken out and kicked away a couple of times – but on other occasions, it’s been difficult for Robert and Shirley to distinguish vandals from good-hearted Samaritans.
“Last year after the long weekend we made him sad, because the long weekend was over,” Robert explained.
“Then I could hear a noise out there at about nine o’clock at night, and I said ‘oh no, here they are again, pinching his eyes.’ Shirley said ‘yep, they’re out there with cigarette’s lit.’ We didn’t worry about it and went to bed, and then got up the next morning and they’d made him happy again!”
“They’d put his face back up the right way,” laughed Shirley.
It’s been so popular that the Giddings’ think they’ll keep making fun designs out of the hedge when it comes time for its yearly pruning – keep an eye out to see what they do next!