Next Thursday 5 May, Portslade Green Gym’s wonderful team of energetic volunteers will be sprucing up the Victorian green wall at Madeira Drive.
Armed with ‘loppers and choppers’ they will be clearing weeds and rubbish to improve biodiversity and tidy up this part of the seafront.
The work is organised by Brighton & Hove Building Green, and is supported by the Council.
– Including a strong environmental focus in local policy development, especially BHCC’s City Plan Part 2 and the Open Spaces Strategy
15 volunteers from Portslade Green Gym have given the foliage at the Madeira Drive green wall a makeover. They cleared huge piles of weeds and ivy that were smothering the bed, getting onto the pavement, and crowding out the more attractive wild plants. Over 100 species of plant have been found at the Madeira Drive green wall. The Green Gym were supervised by Building Green member The Ecology Consultancy.
The Council cleared away the green waste the same day, and this end of the green wall is looking much smarter.
Building Green will be seeding the bed to encourage more wild flowers. We will also be working with the Council to establish new Japanese spindle planting in front of the freshly concreted stretch.
The rest of the Victorian green wall is currently out of bounds due to the instability of the antique ironwork of Madeira Terrace.
Approximately 100 years separates these photos, showing Madeira Drive, the Volks railway, Kemp Town and the Madeira Drive green wall
Work has started this winter to put up new anti-climb fencing along Madeira Drive, and concrete unstable sections of wall along Duke’s Mound.
The Japanese Spindle is flowering, and a Portslade Green Gym works party organised by Building Green will be doing some vegetation management at the Duke’s Mound end in February. This work will keep the pavement clear of plants, remove the more stubborn weeds and maximise biodiversity along the foot of the Victorian green wall.
The plan is to plant gaps in this section of the Madeira Drive green wall with new spindle plants, which will be trained up newly installed wires for support.
Building Green is awaiting the Council’s planned consultation on the future of the Terraces and green wall, which were promised in the new year.