Unfortunately green wall maintenance has been stopped again, as Covid-19 restrictions continue.
The council don’t allow volunteers over 70 years old to work at present, and of course as of today not in groups over 6. Our mighty Green Gym guys and gals fail on both counts…we hope they are keeping active and connected to each other in other ways.
It’s a tough decision. Parts of the green wall are now growing onto the pavement, so Building Green has asked the council to organise some cutting back.
We look forward to restrictions lifting and work starting up again as soon as possible.
Those intrepid volunteers from Green Gym are going to be back in action this month, caring for the precious planting along Duke’s Mound.
Part of the Maderia Drive Green Wall, they cut back red valerian, ivy and other plants which can crowd out more sensitive vegetation, and generally do a sterling job of making the area look great. They have fun whilst they do it too!
Thursday 17 September, 10am, Duke’s Mound
They will take all necessary Covid-19 precautions as they do it, alongside their usual attention to health, safety and wellbeing.
Building Green founder James Farrell has a new venture, The Human Nature Partnership.
James and partner Lee Evans will be hosting a free webinar, lunchtime 24 June.
You can sign up here.
Very relevant for followers of Building Green, we will be looking at the health benefits of nature and how to unlock them.
Hope to see you then.
James Farrell from Brighton & Hove Building Green will be giving a tour of Madeira Drive to delegates from this year’s Green Architecture Day.
Expect local history, tall tales, and environmental inspiration!
28 March, Grand Parade, Brighton
Sign up here.
The next Green Gym working party is this Thursday 5 March, 10am, Duke’s Mound.
Be there or be square. If you do come, bring tools, gloves and high vis if possible…as there may not be enough to go round.
All to keep the UK’s longest, oldest green wall in tip top condition for the Spring!
Portslade Green Gym volunteers will be down on Madeira Drive, looking after our famous ‘green wall’ on the following dates. Why not come along and say hi, and get yer fingers dirty with some good honest work cutting back weeds…and looking after our new Japanese Spindle cuttings!
- 3 October 2019
- 7 November 2019
- 5 March 2020
Today is the first meeting of the stakeholder forum for the Madeira Terraces regeneration.
Building Green is a member of the forum, and represents the views of the natural environment sector, along with colleagues from the built environment.
If you have any general comments to make, please add them to the comments on this post, or email them by 6pm today.
We will keep you posted on the discussions and further opportunities to have your say.
For our ‘three point plan’ on the Madeira Drive environment, click here.
Building Green needs you.
** Change of Date **
New volunteers are welcome to help run Brighton & Hove Building Green. No particular skills required – just an enthusiasm for making our city and greener and more pleasant place…and a willingness to get stuck in!
- green wall maintenance
- green roof mapping
- community engagement and events
- social media
- web development
- representing the environment in city forums
We will be meeting at the Earth & Stars on 23 July, at 530-730pm. Come and say hi and find out more!
Any questions, or to let us know you’re coming, drop us a line firstname.lastname@example.org
Building Green volunteers restoring the oldest, longest green wall in the UK in Brighton
We are holding a meeting on 23 July and we need you.
Building Green has achieved great things in the last few years, but needs fresh blood! We are exploring reconstituting the organisation so we can apply for funds and make a bigger difference to the environment and folks of Brighton & Hove.
Come along on 23 July to the Earth and Stars pub in Brighton, 530pm, for a beer and a chat, and we’ll see where it takes us!
Drop us a line to say you’re coming along at email@example.com
Hope to see you soon!
Building Green has come a long way since 2006.
Originally, we were constituted formally as a voluntary association. This gave us credibility, enabled us to apply successfully for funds, and establish our position in the network of community groups in the city. The formal constitution has lapsed, and I would like to invite you to discuss the value of re-awakening it. There is still work to do – green infrastructure is climbing up the political agenda, our climate threats are more apparent than ever, and there is compelling science demonstrating the link between local green space, health and quality of life.
We need help to:
– refresh the purpose of Building Green with new input
– involve more people in the leadership and delivery of our work
– enable the ability to access funds including the Council’s Community Development Fund
This is an opportunity to get involved in shaping the future of Building Green. Together we can achieve even more.