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Major Conservation Project on 'Green Wall' in Brighton

The Argus: Major Conservation Project on 'Green Wall' in Brighton Major Conservation Project on 'Green Wall' in Brighton

A MAJOR conservation project on one of the longest “green walls” in the country is under way.

Work has started on the Madeira Drive retaining wall on Brighton seafront to protect more than 90 different species of coastal plants, which spread 20 metres high and 1.2 kilometres a bug the 200-year-old structure.

Brighton and Hove City Council has been working with the help of Brighton and Hove Building Green and the Ecology Consultancy to prune back the foliage and enlarge the bed at the foot of the wall.

Workers will carry out general concrete repair work in the autumn to reserve the area as a habitat for plants and wildlife.

Last year the green wall – which is on the north side of Duke’s Mound on Brighton seafront was designated as a local wildlife site by the city council.

Among the plants that will be protected by the works are the hoary stock, a coastal plant that is common on the south coast, cow parsley, which grows mostly through March and June, foxglove, which blooms in midsummer, and a fig tree and ferns.

One of the major features of the wall is a display of Japanese spindle, which was established in the 19th Century when the wall was first built, to help improve the appearance of the area.

It is believed to be among the oldest surviving species of that plant in the UK.

Work on the project, which will include health checks on the plants and repairing any damage to the concrete wall, got under way this week. It is hoped it will be com- pleted before the next bird nesting season, which runs from March 1 to July 31.

It is not currently known how much the repairs will cost.

James Farrell, from Brighton and Hove Building Green, said: “The green wall is over 150 years old, supports 90 plant species, and is now the only Site of Nature Conservation Importance of its kind in the UK.

“It forms a vital part of our natural and built heritage and has been under threat due to the deteriorating state of the East Cliff face.

“The work that has started this week west of Duke’s Mound will safeguard the cliff face and green wall for the future.”

Councillor Ian Davey, deputy leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “The variety of plants grow- ing on the Madeira Drive retaining wall makes it one of the most important ‘green walls’ in the country.

“The plants and the wall are part of the seafront environment that we want to protect, providing a haven for wildlife and a source of enduring interest for people.”

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11:14am Sun 23 Feb 14

scoobysnax says...

"Last year the green wall – which is on the north side of Duke’s Mound on Brighton seafront was designated as a local wildlife site by the city council."

Very perceptive, there's a lot of "wildlife" on the Duke's Mound and it's not only the plants, too much hoary stock for my liking.
"Last year the green wall – which is on the north side of Duke’s Mound on Brighton seafront was designated as a local wildlife site by the city council." Very perceptive, there's a lot of "wildlife" on the Duke's Mound and it's not only the plants, too much hoary stock for my liking. scoobysnax
  • Score: -4

12:18pm Sun 23 Feb 14

clubrob6 says...

Its not that long ago that the council dramatically cut back vegetation in the area right in the middle of the bird breeding season,probably to limit the goings on in the area.The walls do need maintained they are crumbling in places I would also install habitats such as nest boxes on the wallWhen walking my dog I quite often se foxes and badgers in the area and hedgehogs its a area that needs preserved.
Its not that long ago that the council dramatically cut back vegetation in the area right in the middle of the bird breeding season,probably to limit the goings on in the area.The walls do need maintained they are crumbling in places I would also install habitats such as nest boxes on the wallWhen walking my dog I quite often se foxes and badgers in the area and hedgehogs its a area that needs preserved. clubrob6
  • Score: 21

1:10pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Bob_The_Ferret says...

Let's not forget that the primary function of the retaining wall is to hold up Marine Parade. It's structural integrity has to come before the foliage that grows there.
Let's not forget that the primary function of the retaining wall is to hold up Marine Parade. It's structural integrity has to come before the foliage that grows there. Bob_The_Ferret
  • Score: 7

1:27pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

How can this be a priority when Brighton is falling apart?

Yet another example of the miscreant Marxist greens continuing to destroy our once great city by prioritising unimportant things over those that will make a positive difference

Shameful
How can this be a priority when Brighton is falling apart? Yet another example of the miscreant Marxist greens continuing to destroy our once great city by prioritising unimportant things over those that will make a positive difference Shameful Somethingsarejustwrong
  • Score: -7

2:23pm Sun 23 Feb 14

tykemison says...

Somethingsarejustwro
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wrote:
How can this be a priority when Brighton is falling apart?

Yet another example of the miscreant Marxist greens continuing to destroy our once great city by prioritising unimportant things over those that will make a positive difference

Shameful
No, no, no.How can preserving a unique, beautiful structure be destroying our city? Perhaps it's thoughtless atitudes like the one posted above which is why our city (and other's) are turning into dumps, you get what you deserve in this world and I for one applaud the work being carried out, , it's not only about people but how we treat the environment too!
[quote][p][bold]Somethingsarejustwro ng[/bold] wrote: How can this be a priority when Brighton is falling apart? Yet another example of the miscreant Marxist greens continuing to destroy our once great city by prioritising unimportant things over those that will make a positive difference Shameful[/p][/quote]No, no, no.How can preserving a unique, beautiful structure be destroying our city? Perhaps it's thoughtless atitudes like the one posted above which is why our city (and other's) are turning into dumps, you get what you deserve in this world and I for one applaud the work being carried out, , it's not only about people but how we treat the environment too! tykemison
  • Score: 109

5:12pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Valerie Paynter says...

This Green council cares so much about green walls that it stripped out the wall of mature climbing ivy on the front façade of Hove Town Hall which provided a hugely important garden birds refuge and nesting site.

Contrary to popular belief, ivy covering intact walls provides a measure of insulation from both cold in winter, heat in summer as well as overwintering habitat for important insects and, of course, breeding and nesting sites.

No explanation has ever been given for this act of vandalism against nature.
This Green council cares so much about green walls that it stripped out the wall of mature climbing ivy on the front façade of Hove Town Hall which provided a hugely important garden birds refuge and nesting site. Contrary to popular belief, ivy covering intact walls provides a measure of insulation from both cold in winter, heat in summer as well as overwintering habitat for important insects and, of course, breeding and nesting sites. No explanation has ever been given for this act of vandalism against nature. Valerie Paynter
  • Score: 12

6:30pm Sun 23 Feb 14

fredflintstone1 says...

Valerie Paynter wrote:
This Green council cares so much about green walls that it stripped out the wall of mature climbing ivy on the front façade of Hove Town Hall which provided a hugely important garden birds refuge and nesting site.

Contrary to popular belief, ivy covering intact walls provides a measure of insulation from both cold in winter, heat in summer as well as overwintering habitat for important insects and, of course, breeding and nesting sites.

No explanation has ever been given for this act of vandalism against nature.
Sorry, Valerie, but this Green council simply exploit nature when they can see a political and/or financial advantage so to do. It's as simple as that. The rest of the time, they'll destroy it.

Consider this as further evidence of their committment to the cause. They put in a biosphere bid (at what cost - £250,000?), dispense with the post of professional ecologist and effectively replace him in his position with someone who the Forestry Commission was actively considering for prosecution for illegally felling a massive area of hundreds of old oaks, plus elms and a host of other trees at Wild Park.

The Council ended up having to plant a large area of young trees in Stanmer Park to resolve this fiasco - at what cost to council taxpayers? And now they promote the officer responsible, when on any reasonable assessment, he should have been sacked.

Meanwhile the son of the Grazing Officer at the Sussex Wildlife Trust is making money on this area of cleared public land by keeping sheep on it, excluding people who have walked there with their dogs for decades, while we are paying for all his sheep popping up on any patch of green space around the city!

The Council now starts this seafront project and is forced to admit that it don't know how much it is going to cost? Further evidence of why they are not fit to call for a increase in council tax, let alone run the city.

The Greens have managed to set back the cause of conservation in this city on a scale that defies belief. Foxgloves, cow parsley, and a fig tree - which endangered species are we talking about here, if these are the ones that they choose to highlight in this article?
[quote][p][bold]Valerie Paynter[/bold] wrote: This Green council cares so much about green walls that it stripped out the wall of mature climbing ivy on the front façade of Hove Town Hall which provided a hugely important garden birds refuge and nesting site. Contrary to popular belief, ivy covering intact walls provides a measure of insulation from both cold in winter, heat in summer as well as overwintering habitat for important insects and, of course, breeding and nesting sites. No explanation has ever been given for this act of vandalism against nature.[/p][/quote]Sorry, Valerie, but this Green council simply exploit nature when they can see a political and/or financial advantage so to do. It's as simple as that. The rest of the time, they'll destroy it. Consider this as further evidence of their committment to the cause. They put in a biosphere bid (at what cost - £250,000?), dispense with the post of professional ecologist and effectively replace him in his position with someone who the Forestry Commission was actively considering for prosecution for illegally felling a massive area of hundreds of old oaks, plus elms and a host of other trees at Wild Park. The Council ended up having to plant a large area of young trees in Stanmer Park to resolve this fiasco - at what cost to council taxpayers? And now they promote the officer responsible, when on any reasonable assessment, he should have been sacked. Meanwhile the son of the Grazing Officer at the Sussex Wildlife Trust is making money on this area of cleared public land by keeping sheep on it, excluding people who have walked there with their dogs for decades, while we are paying for all his sheep popping up on any patch of green space around the city! The Council now starts this seafront project and is forced to admit that it don't know how much it is going to cost? Further evidence of why they are not fit to call for a increase in council tax, let alone run the city. The Greens have managed to set back the cause of conservation in this city on a scale that defies belief. Foxgloves, cow parsley, and a fig tree - which endangered species are we talking about here, if these are the ones that they choose to highlight in this article? fredflintstone1
  • Score: 7

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