Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Madeira Drive Green Wall

September 26, 2022

Image by Carlotta Luke.

Happy birthday to Madeira Drive Green Wall – the oldest, longest green wall in Europe!

Planted in 1872, hundreds of Japanese spindle plants have grown to create a wall almost a mile long at Madeira Drive in Brighton & Hove. Today over 100 species of flowering plants can be seen growing here, along with a range of birds and other wildlife. In recognition of its importance, Madeira Drive Green Wall has been designed a Local Wildlife Site – the only one of its kind in the UK.

The green wall forms an integral part of the East Brighton seafront, and backdrop to the famous Madeira Terrace. The terrace, and green wall, both feature in a forthcoming film from LatestTV to celebrate this anniversary. The film will explore Brighton’s historic connection to the environment, the benefits for health and wellbeing, and the plans to restore and enhance Madeira Drive for the future.

Japanese Spindle on Madeira Terrace Green Wall by Brighton & Hove Building Green

Japanese Spindle spreading across Madeira Terrace. Image by Brighton & Hove Building Green

Today, Linda Standing, volunteer with Portslade Green Gym, planted a baby Japanese spindle tree to celebrate the Green Wall anniversary. Green Gym volunteers have been working at Madeira Drive for 10 years and are vital to the care and attention the green wall needs.

Portslade Green Gym volunteers working at Madeira Drive Green Wall

Portslade Green Gym volunteers working at Madeira Drive Green Wall. Image by Brighton & Hove Building Green.

Find out more about the proposals on the Brighton & Hove Council website and at Brighton & Hove Building Green

Underneath Madeira Terrace 1980s by Paul Norman

Strolling under Madeira Terrace in the 1980s. Image credit: Paul Norman

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