An open letter from Building Green

Dear friends
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.
Contact us or email hello@building-green.org.uk if you would like to be involved.
Thank you!
Volunteers restore oldest, longest green wall in UK

Volunteers restore oldest, longest green wall in UK

Today volunteers with Building Green planted 45 Japanese Spindle plants to fill the gaps in the green wall at Madeira Drive, Brighton & Hove.

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Some of the volunteers at work

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.

Madeira Terraces – the beginning of an advisory panel

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.

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Download – Madeira Drive Green Wall small poster

 

Green wall springs forth

Great news! All the old Japanese spindle that Building Green and the council moved from Concorde 2 to their new home on Madeira Drive green wall are showing signs of growth!

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Later this spring volunteers from Building Green will be planting even more as part of the long term project to restore the longest, oldest green wall in the country.

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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