Building Green are attending the launch of the Crowdfunding appeal for Madeira Terraces today. This will be key to securing the ‘proof of concept’ for the restoration of the Victorian terraces, which are integral to the status of the Madeira Drive Green wall.
The Council says that the crowdfunding is a way to kick start this process. “It will:
Provide restored and rejuvenated new arches to show just how tremendous and beautiful the restored project could be
Allow us to test restoration methods and take apart the structure to investigate the ways in which it can most cost effectively be restored
Provide a new focal point – a show case or “show home” for the bigger project and a way to attract in commercial and external funding for the wider project.”
Building Green will continue to work with the Council and partners to press for and advise on the protection and restoration of the living wall which pre-dates and is integral with the Terraces.
Building Green was asked to advise on some leaks above Concorde 2 recently, which meant a rare trip to Max Miller walk via the Victorian lift in the building. I managed to get a nice pic of the fish detail on the drainpipe – this is one of the cast iron supports for the terrace…no wonder there are rust and decay issues!
The walk – and the Madeira Terraces – have been closed for some time due to safety fears.
Portslade Green Gym volunteers will be at the Madeira Drive green wall again this week, working up a sweat whilst maintaining our natural heritage.
Madeira Drive Green wall below Paston Place, 10 October 2016
They will be tidying up the vegetation along the footpath, helping to maintain the biodiversity of the area whilst keeping things shipshape for pedestrians.
Why not pop along during the morning of 13 October 2016.
Madeira Drive green wall and Duke’s Mound from the air, 1935
Building Green is working with the Council and volunteers to protect this Victorian green wall – planted c1850 – and in time restore it along its length. It is the longest of its kind in the UK, and was planned alongside the unique listed Victorian ironwork of Madeira Terrace, the Shelter Hall, and the Volks Electric Railway.
Find out more here – more coming soon.
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.