A man with no legs is forced to carry secateurs and cut hedges as he drives around on his mobility scooter – so he can avoid being cut and stung by branches and thorns.
Determined Pete Robbins, 69, lost his limbs three years ago due to a severe vascular disorder.
But Mr Robbins said he and several others have since struggled to travel down the roads near his home due to the huge hedge obstructions.
Scores of people complained about the bushes, but Mr Robbins took responsibility on himself to do something about it.
He now carries gardening tools with him – and cuts the paths clear as he moves about town.
He said: “In this day and age you cannot expect everybody else to do things for us.
Like in years gone by society should go out and look after their area.
“Since I’ve cut some of the bushes and stinging nettles and thrown them into the road, it looks as though somebody has come and picked them up from the kerbside.
“It was impossible to get by on Park Road on my wheelchair.
“It’s not only me who struggles as it’s a big bush with stinging nettles coming out onto the pavement. Mums with little children going up in their buggies and also elderly people also struggle.”
Mr Robbins was initially spotted in his home town of Tiverton, Devon, cutting the bushes so he and his £1,900 In The Care Dragon wheelchair can get by.
A post was shared on social media dozens of times with people saying it should be the council‘s responsibility to cut the hedgerows.
But Mr Robbins – who has always had trouble with his legs since suffering from DVT, aged 21 – was happy to go ahead with the job himself.
And he didn’t even realise people had noticed.
“I didn’t know people were pleased with it,” he said.
“I just went down there and did it.”
He added: “I’ve had a severe vascular disorder all that time, and I’ve always had leg ulcers during that time so it got infected. Then I got a clot and they had to be removed.
“It was getting impossible to go down there.”
“It’s all alright when you’re going down the hill as I could move the arm out the way, but when you’re coming up the hill, my steering controls are on the right of my wheelchair, so I struggled with it in the undergrowth.
“Something had to be done when I got wet for the third time. The weather was nice but it had rained earlier, and I was going through the bushes and getting soaked.
“I could have gone into the road, but unless I’ve got a luminous coat on, you’re taking your life in your hands, as this wheelchair is not designed for going on the road.”
Mr Robbins, an Essex native, said his wife Sue, 66, also didn’t know anything about it.
He added: “I realised it was getting ridiculous when I was going through and getting wet or stung by nettles, so I decided to do something about it.”
“It doesn’t take much – it’s just how my mum and dad brought me up.”