Unfortunately green wall maintenance has been stopped again, as Covid-19 restrictions continue.
The council don’t allow volunteers over 70 years old to work at present, and of course as of today not in groups over 6. Our mighty Green Gym guys and gals fail on both counts…we hope they are keeping active and connected to each other in other ways.
It’s a tough decision. Parts of the green wall are now growing onto the pavement, so Building Green has asked the council to organise some cutting back.
We look forward to restrictions lifting and work starting up again as soon as possible.
Those intrepid volunteers from Green Gym are going to be back in action this month, caring for the precious planting along Duke’s Mound.
Part of the Maderia Drive Green Wall, they cut back red valerian, ivy and other plants which can crowd out more sensitive vegetation, and generally do a sterling job of making the area look great. They have fun whilst they do it too!
Thursday 17 September, 10am, Duke’s Mound
They will take all necessary Covid-19 precautions as they do it, alongside their usual attention to health, safety and wellbeing.
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!
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
We are holding a meeting on 23 July and we need you.
Building Green has achieved great things in the last few years, but needs fresh blood! We are exploring reconstituting the organisation so we can apply for funds and make a bigger difference to the environment and folks of Brighton & Hove.
Come along on 23 July to the Earth and Stars pub in Brighton, 530pm, for a beer and a chat, and we’ll see where it takes us!
Drop us a line to say you’re coming along at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you soon!
The time has come to plant some new Japanese spindle at Madeira Drive green wall!
We need people to come and help on Sunday 12 May at 11am, Duke’s Mound (click for a map).
We will be planting these cuttings to fill in gaps in the green wall that runs up the hill from the eastern end of Madeira Terrace opposite Banjo groyne.
Japanese spindle cuttings ready to be planted
No special skills required,. Bring spades, forks and gloves if you can – if not just bring a smile! Feel free to contact us to let us know if you are coming.
This is part of achieving Building Green’s vision for a fully restored green wall, thriving in wildlife, and a major contribution to the beauty of the seafront. The oldest, longest green wall in the UK.
Approximately 100 years separates these photos, showing Madeira Drive, the Volks railway, Kemp Town and the Madeira Drive green wall
Great news! All the old Japanese spindle that Building Green and the council moved from Concorde 2 to their new home on Madeira Drive green wall are showing signs of growth!
Later this spring volunteers from Building Green will be planting even more as part of the long term project to restore the longest, oldest green wall in the country.
It would be easy to take for granted what it takes to keep the longest, oldest green wall in Europe in good condition. Especially when the work is managed by volunteers, doing it for the love, the friendship and the exercise that comes with it!
Here they are, Portslade Green Gym, in action at Madeira Drive Green Wall this week, keeping the Spindle and beds in great condition, and a stretch of wall ready for receiving new Spindle plants in the Spring… A huge thank you to all the Green Gymers – we appreciate you!
A great start to the National Year of Green Action (YOGA)!
After…and before! The Duke’s Mound end.
Portslade Green Gym hit the Madeira Drive Green Wall again today. Great work cutting back and looking after the health of the green wall, and their own health too! Next work day in the New Year. Thanks Green Gymers!
Work is complete to transplant 12 Japanese Spindle trees to their new home on Madeira Drive Green Wall.
Thanks to volunteers, the Council, and their contractors, these trees should grow up like their 150 year old neighbours, and help restore another section of the UK’s oldest, longest green wall.
They were saved from building work above Concorde 2, and are each approximately 40 years old.
- Green Gym volunteer day on 8 November
- From 5 November, Council contractors manage the spindle and ivy along Duke’s Mound.
- Council contractors install guide wires along the section in these photos, to help the plants establish up the wall.
- Spring volunteer days to plant of more spindle along remaining gaps in the green wall.
Volunteers and donations or sponsorship from local businesses are welcome.
Brighton carnival in front of Madeira Drive green wall. Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove