Walkers fear tripping and falling on a rough path after mushrooms sprout on the surface.

The powerful fungi have created holes in the footpath along the A20 at Sellindge, between Folkestone and Ashford – which is used daily by residents.

Mushrooms pushed the tarmac on the busy path

But there are fears that it could become dangerous if nothing is done to eradicate the fungus.

Nicci Hills, who has lived in the village for 30 years, spotted the mushrooms while walking her dog earlier this week.

“I was just shocked,” she said.

“Although there are a lot of weeds growing, I didn’t think mushrooms would.

“My main concern is that they are pushing a relatively new tarmac path which is heavily used by children.

The tarmac was left strewn across the path
The tarmac was left strewn across the path

“There are more to come, which causes a tripping hazard.”

She fears that when the pavement was laid two years ago it wasn’t done correctly: “I guess it happened because it’s a thin, uneven tarmac.

“The path is used all the time and with more buildings going up it will only get busier.”

The regularly used path is on the busy road near Sellindge Primary School, the town hall and newly built houses.

Mrs. Hills says something has to be done or more mushrooms will grow.

Nicci Hills has lived in Sellindge for 30 years
Nicci Hills has lived in Sellindge for 30 years
Ms Hills first noticed the mushrooms when she was walking her dog
Ms Hills first noticed the mushrooms when she was walking her dog

“They will continue to grow,” she said.

“But the path might need to be dug to reach the roots, or more solid tarmac laid.

“The tarmac that has formed is only a centimeter thick.

“I walk this path every day and it could become very dangerous over time if nothing is done.”

A spokesperson for Kent County Council said that although it treats surfaces before work is carried out to prevent vegetation from growing through its pavements, it does sometimes happen.

“From time to time, vegetation grows across our sidewalks,” the spokesperson said.

“Where this happens we encourage members of the public to report it to us via www.kent.gov.uk/highways so that we can visit and ensure that any safety critical works are planned.”