Old photograph proves planting date for Madeira Drive green wall

Old photograph proves planting date for Madeira Drive green wall

For some years we have been digging through archives to find the planting date for the Japanese Spindle at Madeira Drive…part of the oldest, longest green wall in the UK.

We have now uncovered this 1872-3 photograph from the James Gray collection that clearly shows the plants at the bottom of the East Cliff – as well as the new hedge being carefully established on the promenade. Benches too – public realm with nature at its heart, 148 years ago.

What a fantastic image – in stereo no less! – and great to have this photographic proof at last.

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“A later photograph, probably about 1872/1873. By now, the Aquarium had been built, on the site of the esplanade, and the few hesitant steps towards the construction of Madeira Drive had commenced. Note the long line of sapling trees and the ladies’ bathing machines.
Both are, of course, recent copies of old stereoscopic photographs.”
Image Reference: JG_05_016.tif
Date: 1872-1873
Image Details: Copy
Size of Original: 188×101
Place: Brighton
Additional Information©Philippe Garner

Housing proposals for Brighton & Hove – green space impacts

See below an open letter from Councillors Steve Bell and Robert Nemeth.

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Our interest is in the green space of the city – which is limited, and at risk of recreation pressure, lack of management, and development. Proposals like this will involve mitigation – the question is whether the value of the sites for housing (which the city desperately needs) outweighs the environmental impacts, and whether the impacts can be adequately mitigated. The conservation conundrum, in a nutshell. Local groups like Save Whitehawk Hill (photo) are very concerned.

Brighton & Hove Building Green is not party political – if other parties have a view they should let us know and we would be happy to share it.


Dear Environmental Groups,

7 days to save 16 Brighton & Hove green sites from development=

A Special Brighton & Hove City Council meeting on 23 April will determine whether 16 green sites will be built on.

These include ecologically valuable sites such as Whitehawk Hill and Benfield Valley.  The full list of 16 sites is listed in Section H2, Table 8, Page 178 of the proposed 10-year development plan.

The Conservative group of councillors is taking a strong stand to save these sites and is campaigning hard for the removal of section H2 from the plan entirely which you can read about here.

 However, we currently do not have support from the other party groups:

What you can do to help

With the meeting now 7 days away, you can help by sharing this message with your organisation’s members and contacting your local councillors about their own stance.

You can also help by replying to this email and indicating your support for the Conservative position to delete section H2 from the plan in its entirety.

The more support we can demonstrate from across the community, the better chance we have of stopping the plan in its current form and saving these precious green spaces for future generations.

You can find a link to next week’s Special meeting here.

Yours faithfully,

CLLR STEVE BELL /  CLLR ROBERT NEMETH

On behalf of the Conservative Group

Good news – Madeira Terrace regraded to II*

Good news – Madeira Terrace regraded to II*

Heritage England have regraded Madeira Terrace as a II* structure.

The nerds amongst you will enjoy reading the citation. A few headlines for others:

  • This designation is deserved by ‘particularly important buildings of more than special interest’
  • There is no other building like it in the English historic record (closest is a Victorian pier)I
  • It’s ‘monolithic’ form is considered very rare of possibly uniqueI
  • It is thought to be the longest cast iron structure in England and possibly the world.

The Madeira Drive green wall gets a special mention:

“Earlier, between 1830 and 1833, the natural East Cliff at Brighton was made good by the application of a concrete covering, and was then planted up to achieve a green wall which is now believed to be the oldest and largest of its kind in Europe, with over 100 species of flowering plants recorded.”

Now to save it…

(Painting by Vincent Donlin)

Major funding announcement for Madeira Terraces

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Jax Atkins from the Save Madeira Terraces campaign has announced the Council budget committee’s decision this week to contribute £13.4 million to the restoration of Madeira Terrace.

This is fabulous news – it’s not the total budget required, but with the architect and design team about to be established, a committed bunch of local people involved in advising the Council, and the good work already done to fundraise in the community and protect the Madeira Drive green wall, we should see some progress at last!

Building Green represents the environment sector on the advisory committee. If you have concerns or questions you would like us to raise on your behalf, get in touch.

image from Facebook Madeira Terraces group.

 

Madeira Drive environment – representing your views

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.

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