Cutting-hedge art: Very proud mother lops 12ft tall garden bushes into the shape of her son’s face

An arty mum has gone hedge-crazy by shaping bushes in her garden into the faces of loved-ones within her family.

Art student-turned-gardener Michelle Foley first trimmed son Brennan Black, 21, into her hedge before having a go at depicting partner Andrew Batterham, 51.

Now her daughter is said to be “disgusted” she has not been cut into a hedge.

The mum -of-two said: “I’ve been making heads for years, I did an art degree at Birmingham City University where all my work revolved around heads.
Michelle begins to take shape as she gets to work (Photo: Caters News Agency)
Michelle Foley with her boyfriend Andrew (Photo: Caters News Agency)
“I’m really interested in gardening too so when I had to cut my hedges it only seemed natural that heads came out.

“Andrew looks uncannily like him and Brennan is perhaps not quite recognisable because the glasses aren’t on yet.

“I’m making the glasses out of things from a skip largely using odd bits of plastic and I think when they go on you won’t be able to tell them apart.”
Michelle did an art degree at Birmingham City University where much of her work “revolved around heads” (Photo: Caters News Agency)

Michelle cannot wait to transform her entire garden in Harborne, Birmingham, which she describes as well-hidden and overgrown into a gallery of recognisable faces.

She added: “I’ve got a lot of hedges in my garden which I’d love to get my hands on. My daughter who’s a bit disgusted there isn’t one of her yet is going to be next in line.

“They require attention little and often, a trim every now and then is all that’s needed to maintain their shape.

“Nobody’s ever really seen them because they’re in a really overgrown part of the garden and nobody’s noticed them until now despite being there for years.”

The 48-year-old’s son Brennan who is in his final year at Cardiff University was the first to see himself larger than life before being joined three years later Michelle’s partner Andrew Batterham, 51.

Brennan’s hedge portrait is almost twice the size of his entire body and former Royal Engineer Andrew who is as tall as Brennan in real life has a slightly smaller hedge.