The planted beds, known as the Diamond Jubilee Floral Ribbon, were installed in 2012 with the aid of Lottery Funding, secured by HDC in co-operation with Horsham in Bloom. Even in the depths of winter, they are an eye-catching sight, maintained by a team of volunteers who turn out on the second Sunday of every month, come rain or shine, to clear away litter, remove weeds and dead plants and who do everything they can to ensure the beds always look their best. Contractors are also employed by HDC to regularly cut the grass, further enhancing the area for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike.
The North Street Border Patrol, as the volunteers are known, were enormously saddened when, last Sunday, they discovered severe damage to one of the grass verges, which was undoubtedly the result of a large HGV mounting the kerb, tearing up the grass as it went and leaving huge, deep gouges in the ground. The damage has ruined the aesthetic of the borders and simultaneously made the ground potentially hazardous to any pedestrians.
This section of North Street, adjacent to one of Horsham’s current redevelopment initiatives, Holmes Park, is clearly wide enough for HGVs to turn around and, as this is a site of development, they come and go on a regular basis and have done so for a while with no damage being recorded until now. Quite why or how it became necessary to mount the kerb, causing such devastating and wilful damage is beyond imagination.