Planting ceremony to mark the 150th anniversary of Brighton’s green wall

A Japanese spindle was planted to mark the 150th anniversary of the oldest and longest green wall in Europe.

A green plaque, mirroring blue plaques for historic buildings, was also unveiled to celebrate the Madeira Drive Green Wall.

It was planted by the Victorians in 1872 to decorate and restrain the cliffs.

Brighton and Hove Mayor Lizzie Dean planted the Japanese spindle on Monday.

The Argus: James Farrell of the environmental group Building GreenJames Farrell of environmental group Building Green (Picture: building green)

She said: “I am delighted to be here today to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Madeira Drive Green Wall.

“I would like to thank the Brighton & Hove Building Green volunteers who helped provide advice on the best ways to protect, transplant and replant the wall. And to say thank you to the volunteers from Portslade Green Gym and the local community of East Brighton who tend to the plants here on a regular basis.

The Argus: Mayor Lizzie Deane plants a Japanese spindleMayor Lizzie Deane plants a Japanese spindle (Picture: building green)

“Work on the restoration and revitalization of the terrace is due to begin shortly. It is one of the most important projects that the Council has tackled in a long time. I am honored to plant this new Japanese spindle tree and look forward to seeing it grow.”

In April 2021, Brighton and Hove City Council issued an apology after it chopped off part of the green wall.

It was said that it should only have been “minimal cut”.

The council was also reported to Sussex Police for an alleged wildlife crime following the clipping.

The council said the green wall section has seen significant regrowth thanks to volunteers and council officials.

James Farrell of environmental group Building Green said: “Thanks to the Victorian visionaries, Brighton and Hove is not only home to the longest and oldest green wall in Europe, but also the longest continuous iron structure in the world, Madeira Terrace.

The Argus: After the fall of the Wall in March 2021After the wall was torn down in March 2021

“The Green Wall was planted in 1872 to make what was then a new seafront promenade an attractive place to walk, breathe the sea air and enjoy the view.

“As the restoration of the terrace progresses, these ambitions remain just as relevant today as they were then. I would like to encourage more people to come and enjoy the nature that can be found on our coast.

“It’s a wonderful resource that can help us feel calmer and happier.” Planting ceremony to mark the 150th anniversary of Brighton’s green wall

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