Hall Place topiary gets annual trim

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 July 2013

The Queen's Beast at Hall Place as they look today

The Queen's Beast at Hall Place as they look today


Hall Place head gardener Chris Riley has started the annual trimming of the garden’s topiary to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.

The Queen Beasts have also sat in the Bexley stately home’s gardens for 60 years and depict the genealogy of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen’s Beasts are trimmed into shape once a year, in July, by Chris, who has worked in the gardens at Hall Place for nearly 40 years. Chris uses hand tools and illustrations of the original stone statues as a guide when cutting the yew trees back into shape.

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