My flatmate came back from the corner shop the other week with some bad news to impart. The overgrown but romantic planting – lots of climbers and ivy – outside our local French restaurant was being ripped out. Today he came back to report that some bespoke willow fencing was being put up in its place. It’s being installed by a well-known willow craftsman, Jay Davey, and he’s clearly done a great job. But is this rustic chic look right for a smart London street? I think I preferred the plants.