I spotted these weird sculptures through a gate of Pallant House courtyard in Chichester. It seems to be a variation on the green-man, but this ‘tree person’ has been espaliered!
He’s looking a bit worse for wear. There’s a lot of bracket fungi growing on his trunk and legs, and what looks like too much deadwood.
The outdoor seating area of Pallant Restaurant & Cafe has some real trained trees as well as the strange sculptures: These trees have been pruned into umbrellas – flat topped with horizontal branches. It’s quite interesting, creating a living ceiling above the tables, but to my mind the space is rather dead and cold. Too much grey stone under grey skies :(
If you are in Chichester it is worth a quick look. Can’t comment on the food though.