The City's Arboricultural Manager, Rob Greenland is investigating the suitability of this large area of asphalt between the Black Lion, Patcham & the Jubilee Fountain for the planting of two trees.
The area was created last year during the A23 traffic improvement work by the removal of the short slip road between the A23 and Church Hill, Patcham. It seems an ideal location for the establishment of a large tree or two which would greatly enhance the appearance of this important City gateway location. Such a planting would also restore something of the streetscape of times past as illustrated in this c.100 year-old postcard below.
The critical factors that have to be determined are the location of any underground services and whether or not the original road still remains beneath the paving.