July issue of Viva Brighton magazine features a story about the Madeira Drive green wall, and quotes Building Green founder James Farrell.
Pick up a copy in a local shop or cafe, or read it online!
More amazing Victoria and war time images of our seafront.
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.
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.
– 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.
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.
We’re meeting on Marine Parade, at the top of the ramp up from Madeira Drive.
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|
|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|
|15||Ranunculus acris||Meadow Buttercup|
|7.5||Rhinanthus minor||Yellow Rattle|
|5||Rumex acetosa||Common Sorrel|
|1||Trifolium pratense||Wild Red Clover|
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.
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.