Richard Jenkins, 63, has had a 10 foot hedge carved into a hand flipping the middle finger in his front garden for 18 years. Now, he has been warned he faces police action if he doesn’t chop it down.
Mr Jenkins and his wife Linda, 69, live opposite The Office Pub in Warton, Warwickshire, with the hedge pointing towards the entrance. He initially carved it as a joke for drinkers in a pub when they teased him for trimming his bushes.
He says the middle-finger bush is well-loved in the area and attracts hundreds of visitors, with social media users keen to take a picture.
But Mr Jenkins, who has two grown-up children and four grandchildren, was stunned when Warwickshire County Council ordered him to cut it down after a neighbour complained.
Warwickshire Police confirmed an officer was sent to investigate the issue.
The officer told Mr Jenkins that if they received any more complaints he would be instantly fined. The officer even suggested turning the hedge into a fist, but Mr Jenkins refused.
Mr Jenkins continued: “There is no way I’d chop it down. Many people quite like it, often you see people stopping in their cars, getting out and having a picture with it. One local lad even has it as his screensaver on his phone.
“I have had it up for nearly 20 years now, it is staying.”
Locals who love the hedge have even launched a ‘Save the Warton Bush’ campaign, which so far has more than 500 supporters.