New community container in place for Madeira Terrace pilot restoration

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!

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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!

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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.

Those wonderful green wall volunteers

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!

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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)!

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After…and before! The Duke’s Mound end.

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New shoots at Madeira Drive

The first new shoot has appeared growing on the newly transplanted Japanese Spindle. Fingers crossed they all spring to life this Spring!

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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.

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Seen here – the old Victorian guide wire tensioners…and the modern stainless steel version (hopefully even longer lasting).

 

The ‘sturdy dozen’ – 12 trees transplanted along the Madeira Drive green wall

Work is complete to transplant 12 Japanese Spindle trees to their new home on Madeira Drive Green Wall.

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Thanks to volunteers, the Council, and their contractors, these trees should grow up like their 150 year old neighbours, and help restore another section of the UK’s oldest, longest green wall.

They were saved from building work above Concorde 2, and are each approximately 40 years old.

Coming up:

  • Green Gym volunteer day on 8 November
  • From 5 November, Council contractors manage the spindle and ivy along Duke’s Mound.
  • Council contractors install guide wires along the section in these photos, to help the plants establish up the wall.
  • Spring volunteer days to plant of more spindle along remaining gaps in the green wall.

Volunteers and donations or sponsorship from local businesses are welcome.

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Brighton carnival in front of Madeira Drive green wall. Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

 

Old man’s beard

Great to see some ‘old man’s beard’ aka ‘travellers joy’ along the Madeira Drive Green Wall this week.

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You will also know it as Clematis – this is ‘Clematis vitalba‘, which is native to the South of England. The ‘joy’ comes from the feathery seed heads which add interest to an otherwise usually barren hedgerow in the run up to Christmas. In this case, it is surrounded by flowering ivy and fruiting Japanese Spindle, a great mix of plants for wildlife as evidenced by the birds, bees and other insects making the most of the seeds and nectar late in the season.

Just one of the 100 species of plants now found on the UK’s oldest, longest green wall.