Jax Atkins from Madeira Terraces facebook group writes…”The next Madeira Terraces day will be a ‘Fabulous Freezingly-February Clean-Up’, on Saturday 17th February from 10am onwards. We’ll meet at the Concorde 2 & decide which bit needs our attention”
Please find out more and get involved by visiting the page here.
So it’s done – thanks to local campaigners, members of the public, local businesses and some particularly big donors, the Save Madeira Drive campaign reached its target today.
Total reached = £466,149
More soon – great news for now.
Madeira terraces, Kemp town with cyclist. ‘The world famous sheltered walk’
Approximately 100 years separates these photos, showing Madeira Drive, the Volks railway, Kemp Town and the Madeira Drive green wall
The £24 million ‘Lockwood Project’ to restore East Brighton seafront
The crowdfunding campaign closes tomorrow. Pledge now to Save Madeira Terraces.
Help us restore these terraces and the Green Wall to their former glories.
Rail poster to promote the ‘Famous Sheltered Walk, Madeira Drive’
Japanese Spindle berries – Euonymus Japonicus
A walk along Duke’s Mound showed the Japanese Spindle coming into fruit…strange fruits they are too! Beautiful though. And don’t forget to pledge in the campaign to Save Madeira Terrace….only two days left!
Those wonderful Green Gym volunteers were at it again this week, pruning and improving the famous Green Wall at Madeira Drive. Thank you Green Gym!
The green wall originally extended down to the Palace Pier, and Building Green would love to see it fully restored to its original condition.
That ain’t going to happen unless the Madeira Terrace restoration goes ahead – the green wall and the Victorian terraces are inter-related – so please donate to the ‘Save Madeira Terrace’ campaign.
Currently standing at £381k out of a required £422k…deadline 30 November!
This article appeared in The Living Coast newsletter this month.
Did you know that a particular jewel in our ‘green building’ crown is on Madeira Drive?
A hotbed of Victorian invention, Madeira Drive’s history has seen piers, an aquarium, an electric railway and ‘Daddy Longlegs seagoing car’, the first speedway and the ‘famous sheltered walk’ – Madeira Terrace. Well, in amongst all that, 150 years ago, the Victorians planted a ‘green wall’. The engineers had the foresight to build the Madeira Terrace in a way which enabled the planting to continue growing up the East Cliff – a rare early example in this country of integrating built and natural environments!
The green wall has grown in majesty since its humble beginnings as a backdrop of evergreen Japanese Spindle, which was planted to soften and improve the appearance of the developing seafront.
A recent survey by Building Green found over 100 species of plants growing on the wall, which – although much reduced from its original extent – is almost certainly the oldest, longest, green wall in Europe! The Madeira Drive Green Wall is now a candidate ‘Local Wildlife Site’ – the only one of its kind in the UK!
The Duke’s Mound end is managed by Green Gym volunteers in partnership with Building Green, Brighton & Hove City Council and the Ecology Consultancy.
Madeira Terraces are, of course, in need of restoration as part of a newly regenerated East Brighton seafront. Building Green is working with Brighton & Hove City Council and its “Save the Terraces” Campaign to ensure that this regeneration celebrates and enhances both the built and natural environments along the seafront.
What a great opportunity to connect more people with nature – the mission of The Living Coast – whilst honouring our Victorian legacy and creating a place that people really want to spend time in for the next 150 years!