Selsey’s ‘Mr Smiley’ is set to stay

DM17525530a.jpg Kim Palmer, daughter Sophia, aged 11 and Mr Smiley Hedge in Selsey. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-170526-181807008
DM17525530a.jpg Kim Palmer, daughter Sophia, aged 11 and Mr Smiley Hedge in Selsey. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-170526-181807008

This happy hedge in Crablands Close, Selsey, has become something of an iconic jolly sight for holidaymakers travelling through the town.

Resident Kim Palmer, pictured with her 12-year-old daughter Sophia, said ‘Mr Smiley’ was given the jovial look a few years before she moved into the house and is still being used to give directions.

In summer, Kim said she has to cut it once a week to keep the features clear, but the effort is worth it.

She said: “People beep their horns, take a photo, all sorts.”

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