- We set up the UK’s first training course in green roofing, which ran successfully for many years in partnership with the Brighton Permaculture Trust, and continues in its new guise under the management of Human Nature and Green Roof Revival.
- We published a set of case studies to promote our city’s innovative green roofs and walls, and a website that receives over 1000 visitors a month from around the world.
- We have given a large number of talks to promote green roofs and walls in our city, and run tours of green buildings and Madeira Drive green wall.
- We published a free local history of Madeira Drive – a unique ‘miracle mile’ of Victorian invention.
- With partners, we published a major study of the green roof retrofit potential in Brighton.
- We took on the management of Madeira Drive green wall, working with Green Gym volunteers and providing approximately 200 hours of voluntary labour to improve the local environment.
- We successfully argued for Madeira Drive Green Wall’s designation as the UK’s first such local wildlife site, and promoted our work internationally.
- We are an active partner in the Council’s endeavours to restore and regenerate the East Brighton seafront.
Today volunteers with Building Green planted 45 Japanese Spindle plants to fill the gaps in the green wall at Madeira Drive, Brighton & Hove.
Originally established in 1872 this green wall is the oldest and longest of its kind in the UK. The plants were grown on from cuttings taken from the site and should one day reach as high as their 20m tall, 150 year old neighbours!
A big thank you to everyone involved.
Hope to see you at Madeira Drive – Duke’s Mound end – at 11 am today, to plant Japanese spindle cuttings and fill the gaps in the green wall!
Last night Building Green attended a meeting of around 40 people interested in the future of Madeira Terraces and the regeneration of East Brighton seafront.
The focus was on shaping an advisory panel, that will represent interest groups in the city and work with the Council to ensure the restoration of Madeira Terraces, and the vision for the area.
Building Green is particularly keen to represent the voice of the environment in this process – not only the famous ‘green wall’, but the wider environment it is connected to…the sea, the beach and its vegetated shingle habitat, and the garden squares in Kemptown above.
Below you can listen to a recording – thanks to the Save Madeira Terraces gang! – of Building Green founder James Farrell speaking about the importance of the environment as an integral part of the seafront.
The time has come to plant some new Japanese spindle at Madeira Drive green wall!
We need people to come and help on Sunday 12 May at 11am, Duke’s Mound (click for a map).
We will be planting these cuttings to fill in gaps in the green wall that runs up the hill from the eastern end of Madeira Terrace opposite Banjo groyne.
No special skills required,. Bring spades, forks and gloves if you can – if not just bring a smile! Feel free to contact us to let us know if you are coming.
This is part of achieving Building Green’s vision for a fully restored green wall, thriving in wildlife, and a major contribution to the beauty of the seafront. The oldest, longest green wall in the UK.
A date has been announced for a new training course for those interested in green roofs and walls. The masterclass will take place in London on Saturday 22 June 2019.
It will be delivered by Lee Evans and James Farrell in partnership with Green Roof Revival and new organisation Human Nature.
Previous versions of the course have received rave reviews – this is bound to be a fascinating, practical and enjoyable day. For bookings please visit this page.
“I just wanted to write to thank you for the inspirational Green Roof course this weekend; I feel ready (and keen) to start my extension roof and confident that I can!”
“I know that a feedback form will be coming but I just wanted you to know just how much I appreciated all the effort that you put into the course which hit the right note on so many levels.”
Green Architecture Day is on. Hope to see you there.