Survey squad needed!

Next Saturday 9 September, a survey squad will be making an assessment of the green wall at Madeira Drive. We have space for volunteers.

An important part of our seafront heritage, the green wall is home to at least 99 species of wild plant, and is the longest green wall in Europe.

 

The squad will be counting the number of Japanese spindle trees – planted in c1870 – taking measurements, and assessing the health of the green wall that runs from Duke’s Mound in the East, and west along Madeira Drive.

We have space for a couple of volunteers so if you’re interested drop us a line here, via the ‘contact us’ page..

Saturday 9 September 2017, from 1pm. Meet at Duke’s Mound.

If you just want to come along and say hi, then do that too!

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Talk on history of Brighton & Hove parks and gardens: 17 May

Coming up on Wednesday next week, an evening talk on the history of Brighton & Hove’s parks and gardens.

Robert Jeeves of Step Back in Time, Queens Road, Brighton will give an illustrated talk from his extensive old photographic and postcard collection on

Brighton and Hove Parks and Gardens 1890 to 1960
Wednesday 17th May, 7.00pm
The Temple, Brighton and Hove High School, Montpelier Road, Brighton
Limited parking available.
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Charles Barry’s scheme for Queens Park, 1834. Reproduced by kind permission of Howlett-Clarke, solicitors, Brighton.

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Historic stereo images of Queen’s Park, Brighton

Organised by Brighton & Hove Heritage Commission.

‘Do it yourself’ a green roof this weekend!

Hurry to grab one of the final places on this weekend’s Green Roof course, led by Building Green and Organic Roofs with Brighton Permaculture Trust.

Learn the why and what, and practice the how by making your very own green roofed bird box to take away. Enjoy the harbourside location in Shoreham and view the green roof lab and installations there. Question the experts, and use the opportunity to get some consultancy on your project. Visit some inspirational sites in Brighton & Hove to get you fired up for ‘doing it yourself’ this year!

We will also cover green walls – and can tailor the content of the teaching to your needs.

This is the 10th year of the course, and always popular. Bookings can be made through the Brighton Permaculture Trust here.

Green Roof DIY weekend – bookings open

Get ready to build your own green roof!

There are some spaces still available on our Green Roof DIY weekend – 13 & 14 May 2017.

Here’s what people have said about the course:

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.”

Bookings can be made through the Brighton Permaculture Trust here. Lee from Organic Roofs and I look forward to seeing you there!

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Green Architecture Day tomorrow!

Don’t forget, our own James Farrell and Lee Evans will be at Green Architecture Day tomorrow.

Come down and say hello! – we are speaking at 1040.

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For info, tickets etc visit here.

Green Gym keeping the Madeira Drive green wall tidy

Portslade Green Gym have done another great job removing persistent weeds from the bed of the green wall at Madeira Drive.

This is important work, as it keeps the bed clear for other plants to grow and keeps ivy off the edges of the beds. It also keeps the footpath nice and clear for pedestrians, buggies etc – so why not take a stroll down the green wall and enjoy the emerging flowers this Spring.

The other good thing about the Green Gym folks, of course, is they are volunteers doing this for the love and for their own fitness. They’re a sprightly bunch!

Proud of the partnership Building Green, the Council, the Ecology Consultancy and Green Gym have formed. Photos courtesy of the Ecology Consultancy.

Green Architecture Day – lineup confirmed

Green Architecture Day line up has been confirmed for 2017.

Taking place on 25 March, it includes the following speakers:

  • James Farrell and Lee Evans from Building Green and Organic Roofs – green walls and roofs
  • Duncan Baker-Brown – The reuse atlas
  • Jasmine & Simon Dale – The Lammas eco village and building Hobbiton
  • Bill Knight & James Shorten – Why do planning experts grow mushrooms?
  • Cath Hassell – SuDS in the City – Sustainable water solutions
  • Sandy Halliday – Pushing the envelope – putting the eco in economics

For tickets etc, please visit https://brightonpermaculture.org.uk/courses/greenarchitecture

Come and say hello!