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The Sights, Smells and Sounds of Arundel in Summer!

With summer in full swing Sussex Local’s correspondent Linsi Halsy shares her thoughts

About three weeks ago, I was driving past Crossbush and down the hill into Arundel and saw a most beautiful sight. The large roundabout, that is usually less than attractive was suddenly in full bloom bursting with flimsy, colourful wild flowers swaying in the breeze.

It was a sight to behold, but being in the car in the usual snarl of traffic, I wasn’t able to stop and take a photo. Full of good intentions, I meant to return on foot to capture the image of this magical roundabout but things intervened and I was taken in other directions. Perhaps a like-minded reader has a photograph which he or she could email to Sussex Local? The picture I decided to use instead reminds me of the beautiful wild flowers on the roundabout and is mentioned again later on.

The roundabout has been the subject of many discussions in the past, usually due to its dismal neglect, or occasionally when is has been the podium for a wonderful sculpture or scary spider or two! Either way, most will agree this unmagical roundabout deserves a little care and attention and possibly even some flowers?!

A number of residents have offered their voluntary services to cheer it up but something about “Health and Safety” probably prevented that. There was also a whisper that someone was planning to do some “Guerilla Gardening” under cover of darkness – a well meant but controversial means of beautifying this “gateway” to Arundel. For those like me who have not heard of “Guerilla Gardening”, it is probably best described as “Hijack Horticulture” or “Pirate Planting.” Apparently many roundabouts are “hi-jacked” by local people and given a free make-over to make them more attractive – a very community spirited way of enhancing the surroundings.

The array of wild flowers that adorn the previously unkempt roundabout came from seeds provided by the Project Manager for Landlife, at the National Wildflower Centre, namely Damian Young. Thanks to Damian.

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