Blooming welcome

PLANS to give visitors to Uckfield a bright and cheery welcome took a step further on Monday, as the second sponsored roundabout in the town was unveiled.

Crowson Fabrics are sponsoring the display at the Copwood roundabout where the A22 meets Bellfarm Road.

The Mayor, Cllr Barrie Murray, and chairman of the leisure and amenities committee, Cllr Duncan Bennett, joined the company's chairman, Derek Crowson, for a formal viewing.

Thanks to sponsorship from the fabric company, the attractive roundabout welcomes visitors with an array of plants and trees.

Crowson Fabrics is sponsoring the roundabout as part of a joint initiative of the town council and Uckfield Regeneration Partnership.

Uckfield solicitors Dawson Hart sponsor the roundabout near Tesco at the other end of Bellfarm Road.

Mark Barfoot of Keegan Ford Sponsorship, who set up the sponsorship schemes, said: 'Crowson's roundabout sponsorship is a fine example of how Uckfield Town Council's new policy will be making an impressive and beneficial impact upon the local environment.

'It is also a very visible example of how other Uckfield companies can benefit from becoming sponsors of the remaining Uckfield roundabouts of Black Down, Highfields, Little Horsted and Buddletts, which are also being made available for commercial sponsorship.'

The Crowson roundabout is close to the fabric company's headquarters and Wealden District Council's grounds maintenance manager, John Pritchett, was in charge of designing it with his team.

l Pictured left to right: Mark Barfoot, Barry Knight, Duncan Bennett, John Pritchet, Crowson's managing director Chris Worral, Barrie Murray and Derek Crowson.