Railton is a short drive from Devonport via Latrobe, a part of Tasmania’s “Outdoor Art Gallery” – and here you will find Tasmania’s hidden secret – more than 100 living sculptures of character topiary waiting to be discovered. The wonderful thing about Railton’s topiary is that it is a free activity – and interesting to all ages! It costs you nothing but your time to stroll around the topiary exhibits – you can’t say that everywhere you go! It is a fantastic project and you will see topiary in all stages of growth along the topiary trail.



Recently The Apex Club of Latrobe funded the production of the ad with funds raised through the Apex Railtown Expo held at Devonport showgrounds in February. The ongoing airing of the ad is a joint funding project of all the groups (Businesses & Topiary Group, RADDAi, and Apex Club of Latrobe). It is envisaged that the ad will be aired for a month a time, and will be on for a full 4 months of the year on Southern Cross.

Print the topiary trail map from this site – free topiary trail maps are also available at shops in town and have been developed by the Topiary Group with tremendous support from local business. The whole promotional information package that is developing to promote Railton’s topiary including the television advertising campaign is a terrific achievement for these community groups working in cooperation.

Not many towns have the opportunity to promote their attractions with television advertising and this is a terrific achievement for the small historic town of Railton which has been bypassed by major roads over the years.




A Yorkshire estate has been showing off some top class topiary on its nearby green this week.

Shaun the topiary sheep and his floral display have been causing quite a stir on the estate’s Kirkfield Green thanks to Thorner Tenants and Residents Association.

Shaun the topiary sheep

Association member Andrea Walker said: “Shaun has taken up residence with us for the summer season and has already given lots of pleasure to many people living in and out of the village.

“Shaun’s visit is part of the association’s green team’s flowerbed project aimed at giving the estate the uplift it was in need of.

“As members of Thorner Tenants and Residents Association we feel very honoured to be the first people to show Shaun off in a rural setting.

“We would like to thank everyone for their kind comments and encouragement to carry on with the good work, also a thank you to those who have made a donation towards the purchase of our plants.”

Leeds City Council (Redhall Nurseries) has let the estate display Shaun on loan this summer.

But it is Thorner Tenants and Residents Association, established in October last year, who has successfully secured his debut appearance for the benefit of the village.

Mrs Walker said: “Our aims and objectives are to make our environment a pleasant place to live and to improve conditions to promote and represent all tenants and residents of the area. We have planters arriving in the near future which will be placed on the Bramham Road area to provide a floral display and the association has also helped elderly residents and just recently provided skips around the area.

“We hope to achieve a good relationship with East North East Homes Leeds and all tenants and residents in our area and also to work alongside Thorner Parish Council on all matters relating to the community in which we live.”

l The association is holding an open meeting on the July 25 at Thorner Primary School at 3.30pm until 5.30 pm. Representatives from the local police, fire service, highways and East North East Homes Leeds departments will be present to deal with any issues along with members of the association committee.