Jake Hobson, whose business Niwaki is based in Dorset, told us his story: as a sculpture student he went to Japan and became fascinated with tree sculpting. After two years there he came back to England and eventually made his way in topiary, pruning trees shrubs and hedges, and importing high-quality pruning tools and accessories from Japan.
Engaging and articulate, he showed a succession of lovely pictures demonstrating the art of tree pruning in England and Japan. He explained the landscape value of pruning trees, from the utilitarian to the most highly decorative. This was a great start to our new season of speakers.