More old pictures of Madeira Drive, showing the green wall and terraces

More amazing Victoria and war time images of our seafront.

Goat cart rides on Madeira Drive! Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

Goat cart rides on Madeira Drive! Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

Bathing machines on the beach, c1890. Shelter hall is there, rest of terraces still be built. Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

Bathing machines on the beach, c1880. Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

Brighton carnival. Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

Brighton carnival. Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

Camoflage nets in use, 1944. Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

Camoflage nets in use, 1944. Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

Madeira Drive & Terrace 125 years on – what is there to celebrate?

A view from the blog Amazing Brighton.

“Dilapidated and neglected, sadly reflecting Brighton’s less salubrious underbelly reputation of dossers, scroungers and drug addicts: forgotten and ignored, patched up, disintegrating and unsafe. Is the splendid Victorian development along Madeira Drive being left to die a slow and unsightly death?”

Building Green is working with the Council, volunteers and the Ecology Consultancy to protect and manage the green wall that forms such an important part of the historic seafront, and is inter-linked with the listed Victorian terraces.

The wonderful seafront in Kemptown needs the green wall and historic architecture to be protected hand in hand.

new sustainability checklist for Brighton & Hove

The new Sustainability Checklist was published this month. All residential planning applications involving new builds and conversions within Brighton & Hove require a completed Brighton & Hove sustainability checklist.

Good news that it includes a section on Greening, which will help to make green features even more standard in developments.

It asks:

– does the development include green walls; and

– does the development include green roofs;

– how many trees will be planted?

If yes, it asks for more information including the number/area of the features, and the type of habitat green roofs incorporates.

Westergate Business Park

Part 1 of the City Plan states that the Council will continue to measure the success of its policies in part by measuring the area of green wall and green roof established through new development.

Taking a look at the portfolio for the Sustainability Checklist shows that greening is a clear ambition of the Council.

Green fingers Sunday is on! 10am, Sunday 29 March

We’re meeting on Marine Parade, at the top of the ramp up from Madeira Drive.

Just here.

We’ll be weeding the beds, sowing some seeds and probably planting some cuttings of Japanese spindle.

Come along to help, or just to say hi!

Here is the seed list – it will add colour and interest and help keep some of the less interesting weeds down.

% Latin name Common name
2.5 Achillea millefolium Yarrow
15 Centaurea nigra Common Knapweed
2.5 Daucus carota Wild Carrot
7.5 Galium verum Lady’s Bedstraw
10 Knautia arvensis Field Scabious
7.5 Leucanthemum vulgare Oxeye Daisy
7 Lotus corniculatus Birdsfoot Trefoil
15 Plantago lanceolata Ribwort Plantain
2 Plantago media Hoary Plantain
2.5 Primula veris Cowslip
15 Ranunculus acris Meadow Buttercup
7.5 Rhinanthus minor Yellow Rattle
5 Rumex acetosa Common Sorrel
1 Trifolium pratense Wild Red Clover

Green fingers Sunday

Green fingers needed to help do some maintenance at the Madeira Drive green wall!

On Sunday 29 March at 10am some of us are meeting at the top of the ramp on Marine Parade, eastern end of the green wall near Duke’s Mound. The beds at the foot of the green wall need some maintenance – brambles and thistles and stuff. We will also be taking cuttings to plant in gaps in the wall, and may be sowing some wildflower seed.

Building Green image of green wall

Madeira Drive green wall, Brighton

Bring thick gloves, secateurs, loppers etc, coffee and cake! We can have a walk and natter about the site’s history as well if you like.

Drop us an email via the contact us page if you’d like to come.

69 plants recorded, Marine Parade green wall, Brighton


Plant list by Ben Kimpton MSc BSc Dip(Hort) MCIEEM of Ecology Consultancy (many thanks), with negligible help from me! If you have any other records, esp inverts, get in touch! Most interesting finds were hoary stock and a poss nationally rare sea fern grass Catapodium marinum.

Acer pseudoplatanus Sycamore R y
Achillea millefolium Yarrow R
Anisantha sterilis Barren brome R b
Anthriscus sylvestris Cow parsley O b
Arctium minus Lesser burdock R b
Asplenium adiantum-nigrum Black spleenwort LF w
Avena sativa Common oat R b
Bellis perennis Daisy R b
Berberis sp. Barberry R b
Capsella bursa-pastoris Shepherd’s purse O
Carex pendula Pendulous sedge R b
Catapodium marinum Sea fern grass R NR, ?
Catapodium rigidum Hard fern grass O
Centranthus ruber Red valerian F
Cerastium fontanum Common mouse-ear O b
Chenopodium album Fat-hen R b
Cirsium arvense Creeping thistle R b
Cirsium vulgare Spear thistle O
Convolvulus arvensis Field bindweed R b
Conyza canadensis Canadian fleabane R ?
Coronopus squamatus Greater swinecress R b
Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora Monbretia R b
Cymbalaria muralis Ivy-leaved toadflax F
Cyrtomium falcatum House Holly Fern R w, ?
Dactylis glomerata Cock’s-foot R o
Digitalis purpurea Foxglove R
Epilobium ciliatum American willowherb R b
Epilobium hirsutum Great willowherb R b
Erigeron glaucus Seaside daisy LF
Erysimum cheiri Wallflower LA
Euonymus japonicus Japanese spindle D
Ficus carica Fig R b
Galium aparine Cleavers O
Geum urbanum Wood avens R b
Hedera helix Englsh ivy LA
Hemerocallis fulva Orange day-lily R b
Hordeum murinum Wall barley O b
Hyacinthoides hispanica Spanish bluebell R b
Lolium perenne Perennial ryegrass R
Malva sylvestris Common mallow R b
Malva x clementii Garden tree mallow R ?
Matthiola incana Hoary stock O NR
Narcissus pseudonarcissus Daffodil R b
Parietaria judiaca Pellitory-of-the-wall A
Pentagottis sempervirens Blue alkanet R bPhyllitis scolopendrium Hart’s-tongue fern LF w
Picris echioides Bristly ox-tongue O b
Plantago coronopus Stag’s-horn plantain O b
Plantago major Greater plantain R b
Poa annua Annual meadow grass F
Polypodium vulgare Common polypody LF w
Rumex obtusifolius Broad-leaved dock O b
Sagina procumbens Procumbent pearlwort R
Sambucus nigra Elder R b, s
Sedum acre Biting stonecrop LA
Sedum album English stonecrop O
Senecio cineraria Silver ragwort F
Senecio vulgaris Groundsel F
Sisybrium orientale Oriental rocket O b, ?
Smyrmium olusatrum Alexanders O b
Sonchus asper Prickly sow-thistle R b
Sonchus oleraceus Smooth sow-thistle R s
Spergularia rubra Sand spurrey O
Stellaria media Common chickweed O b
Taraxacum officinale agg. Dandelion R b
Triticum aestivum Bread wheat R b ?
Ulex sp. Gorse R
Urtica dioica Common nettle R b
Veronica x franciscana Hedge veronica LF

b = base of wall or planters on Max Miller’s Walk
s = seedling
y = young tree/sapling
w = growing in more wet/shady areas
? = species level to be checked
NR = Nationally rare

Dominant, Abundant, Frequent, Occasional, Rare, Locally