SIGNS of growth are sprouting across the verges of the Berwickshire highways and byways, but this ‘seasonal vegetation’ is man-made.
As part of the plan to advise local folks and visitors of the forthcoming Jim Clark Rally, and sections of closed public roads, the organisers planting small signs on the approach to each section of road which will form a Special Stage on the rally.
This annual event is only permitted to happen by Act of Parliament which closes pre-agreed stretches of road and suspends the Road Traffic Act for up to five hours at a time. This allows rallying’s ‘against the clock’ competition to take place, a sporting activity which otherwise would not be allowed.
The organisers make strenuous efforts each year to cause minimal inconvenience to those going about their daily business and to advise them of which stretches of road will be closed and for how long. Notices in the local press and visits to householders are complemented by these small roadside reminders that the rally will be coming through.
So anyone visiting the Borders over the weekend of Friday May 31 to Sunday June 2, please look out for these signs and take note. However, these rare ‘plants’ are a protected species and budding gardeners should not attempt to take cuttings or try to remove them!
The organisers of the rally and the thousands of enthusiasts who will descend on the Borders over that weekend are forever grateful to the tolerance, and the sporting heritage, of the Berwickshire folk who so enthusiastically support the UK’s biggest motor rally each year.
The Jim Clark Rally, supported by Scottish Borders Council and EventScotland, will be the second round of this year’s MSA British Rally Championship and the third round of the MSA ARR Craib Scottish Rally Championship.