Solihull News - - PROPERTY & LIVING -

T here 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.

The maze has a raised brick folly at its cen­tre, from which suc­cess­ful nav­i­ga­tors can gaze over the hedges, while less suc­cess­ful ones can be guided in.

“Peo­ple love the maze, it’s a fun thing to get lost in for a few min­utes and play around in,” says Adrian.

“The beauty of the folly is that it is a build­ing which has no sense or prac­ti­cal pur­pose; it is to­tally fool­ish.”

The house, which is in Dorset, has seven bed­rooms and is for sale through agent Sav­ills Wim­borne ( 01202 856873) for £ 1.65m.

The maze at Port­man Lodge, and the house, be­low right

The folly

With Nigel Lewis

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