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One of the finest features of Madeira Drive is the plants that form a 'green wall'. This green frontage is unique in the city, and one of the longest such walls in the country - something for the people of Brighton & Hove to be very proud of! The planting is Edwardian in origin, and mainly consists of an evergreen plant called Japanese spindle along with ivy. The plants may well be protecting the render on the cliff face from the elements - where ivy has been stripped from the brick work on the Esplanade, you can clearly see that it was protecting the mortar.

By James Farrell (27/10/2009)