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!
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.
Found in a second hand shop…a framed print of how Madeira Road could have developed. By architect John Johnson, and published in The Builder, May 5, 1883, the ‘improvements’ show features that are still in place, and many now lost or never implemented.
Surviving still – albeit with sections lost over the years – is the ‘green wall’, running from the Chain Pier (now the sun terrace) to Paston Place. Banjo groyne is there. There is the idea of a lift from Marine Parade (the print shows two lifts) – now part of the Concorde 2 of course. There were gardens and squares in Kemp Town. There were extensive lawns and bandstands on Madeira Road. Some of these were built and maintained for many years, but have all now been lost. And there was planting in the road – hedges close to the Madeira Terrace, which this architect hadn’t envisaged.
Obviously not taken forwards are the grand looking hall to the east of the Chain Pier, and the car free streets!
Questions remain. Was there an architectural competition, and was the winner the Council’s own Philip Cawston Lockwood who imagined the Madeira Terrace? Whose idea was it to establish the green wall? And what is today’s vision for the future of East Brighton seafront?
New short piece on Brighton’s green wall by Thames Media.
Love the credits!
A note from our Treasurer…
“On Saturday 23rd November I took 60 cuttings from the Japanese Spindle on Madeira Drive – the green wall. I took the cuttings from along the green wall, from the end of the arches and up Duke’s Mound. I took from the new growth, the lighter greener leaves. With the help and expertise of family (Mom) 60 cuttings are now planted and will hopefully grow inside over winter. Like the other cuttings James has nurtured and that are now planted in, these will I hope eventually add to the green wall, filling it out and helping it to grow the whole way along.
The cuttings are varied in length, and taken from different parts of the green wall, to see if some take better than others. Each of the stems has been cut at an angle, soaked in water overnight and dipped in organic rooting gel, and planted into deep compost pots. The top of the soil has been covered in course grit to keep moisture in and help keep the soil compacted. They are all inside a light conservatory that’s insulated and that is heated. I’ll let you know how they get on and hopefully we can plant them in next year sometime.”
7 November holds 2 events for Building Green
- 10am, Duke’s Mound, Madeira Drive – Green wall work party.
- 530pm, Earth and Stars, Brighton – Building Green steering group.
Building Green volunteers
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.
Today I counted up to 10 bumblebees* per m2 on the Madeira Drive Green Wall. They just love to bee beside the seaside, collecting pollen from the Japanese spindle.
*probably Bombus lucorum white tailed bumblebee
Everyone wants to save money and do things as cheaply as possible when it comes to our houses, and green roofs are no exception.
Unfortunately, corners are often cut during the design and build and that roof which looks lovely and healthy on the day of installation can quickly deteriorate. In fact, the vast majority of green roofs we see are in poor condition, and won’t be delivering the kind of benefits that the owners would like… whether that is a great place for nature, energy bill savings, managing floodwater, or just looking healthy and green.
Green Roof Revival is a company set up to bring roofs like this into top condition. This week Building Green accompanied Lee Evans, director of Green Roof Revival, on a site visit to 2 roofs in Chichester. This is what we saw.