Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Now This Is a Simply A-Maze-Ing Property

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Now This Is a Simply A-Maze-Ing Property

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There are many unusual jobs to be had including eel ecologist, a marker of the Queen's swan, pet psychologist or even a crisp inspector.

But Adrian Fisher beats all these. He is the world's most successful maze designer, and he takes his work home with him.

Portman Lodge, a Regencystyle house in landscaped grounds built during the 1830s, has been Adrian's home for 15 years.

He says he was drawn to the property because it came with seven acres of garden which, for a man in his trade, was room enough to build his own maze.

You might think he'd had enough of building bushy conundrums; he's created 700 in 70 countries to date.

His own is made from 900 yew hedges planted 13 years ago. They took just two hours to plant with the help of local horticultural students, he says, but a lot longer to grow. …

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