Great to see the green wall featuring alongside the precious Madeira Terrace in the artwork on the new community container.
The container contains an office and other facilities for local community groups to use. Building Green will be!
Artwork features Japanese Spindle – the main feature of the Madeira Drive Green Wall, these plants are now almost 150 years old. It also features hoary stock – one of the rarest native plants that has been found along the green wall. Hoary stock has another name…’Hopes’. Seems apt!
Unfortunately we couldn’t raise the funds to green the container itself…a green roof, or some living walls would have been even better. To see what’s possible with a shipping container, go here and here.
It would be easy to take for granted what it takes to keep the longest, oldest green wall in Europe in good condition. Especially when the work is managed by volunteers, doing it for the love, the friendship and the exercise that comes with it!
Here they are, Portslade Green Gym, in action at Madeira Drive Green Wall this week, keeping the Spindle and beds in great condition, and a stretch of wall ready for receiving new Spindle plants in the Spring… A huge thank you to all the Green Gymers – we appreciate you!
A great start to the National Year of Green Action (YOGA)!
After…and before! The Duke’s Mound end.
The first new shoot has appeared growing on the newly transplanted Japanese Spindle. Fingers crossed they all spring to life this Spring!
And thanks to the Council, new guidewires have been installed to help these and other recently coppiced Spindle plants re-establish and grow up the cliff.
Seen here – the old Victorian guide wire tensioners…and the modern stainless steel version (hopefully even longer lasting).
February edition of Coast includes a short but sweet article on Madeira Drive green wall.
Thank you to all the volunteers and everyone who helped make 2018 a green year for Brighton, here’s to a great 2019.
Portslade Green Gym hit the Madeira Drive Green Wall again today. Great work cutting back and looking after the health of the green wall, and their own health too! Next work day in the New Year. Thanks Green Gymers!
Building Green’s page on the history of Madeira Drive has been updated. There’s more to do – this is undoubtedly a passion project! – but it’s a fascinating story so why not take a look.
All scientists know that sea water and electricity is a dangerous combination, yet Volk still built an electric powered railway that ran through the sea