Wet weather a mixed blessing

Grass cutters
Grass cutters

The recent wet weather has caused a headache for staff at Horsham District Council.

Due to the amount of rainfall over the last couple of months many areas of grass have not been cut, as staff have been unable to visit the sites.

Horsham District Council’s cabinet member for arts, heritage and leisure, councillor Jonathan Chowen said: “The challenge will be that as the weather conditions do improve, the amount of water in the soil combined with high temperatures and sunshine will mean that the grass will grow before our eyes.

“We’ll be playing a game of catch up in getting our parks and green spaces back to the beautiful condition we normally expect.”

However, there are some positives, the impact of the drought and water ban has had less of an impact on planting around the town.

Liz Timmer, vice chair of Horsham in Bloom an independent charity, said: “The Diamond Jubilee Floral Ribbon planting in North Street has grown beyond our expectations.

“The Council’s Parks team has been able to conserve its supplies of recycled water, and the new plants have got off to a flying start.”

The responsibility for grass cutting lies with a number of organisations. 

In general, Horsham District Council cut parks, green spaces and recreation grounds while West Sussex County Council is responsible for the roadside verges. Parish councils are responsible for the local facilities in their villages.