Butterfly haven at Brighthelm, top of North Road

Photo:The butterfly bank at Brighthelm, North Road

The butterfly bank at Brighthelm, North Road

A miniature version of the downland

A new ‘butterfly bank’ planted with a thousand downland plants has been created in the Brighthelm garden.


Brighton & Hove City Council’s parks team has joined forces with the Brighthelm Trust’s gardening group and youth ranger volunteers from the Sussex Wildlife Trust to create the feature.

For pollinating insects

Measuring about 12 metres long and created from six tonnes of chalk, the bank will provide a haven for butterflies, bees, hoverflies and other pollinating insects. It is made up of a low bank of undulating chalk mounds – resembling a miniature version of the downland surrounding Brighton & Hove.

A variety of wild flower species

Plants from around twenty wild flower species have been planted into the bank, including ox-eye daisy, harebell, wild marjoram, wild basil, common toadflax, small scabious, lesser knapweed, bird’s foot trefoil, dropwort, chamomile, betony, wild carrot, and kidney vetch. All the plants were grown at the Council’s nursery at Stanmer Park from seed collected from chalk grasslands around the city. The Brighthelm Trust will tend the butterfly bank, cutting and composting vegetation at the end of each year.

Contribution to Brighton and Lewes Biosphere programme

The Brighthelm butterfly bank has been created as part of the Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere programme’s objective to connect people and nature by improving urban green spaces to benefit both.

Comment by Brighthelm Director

Rik Child, the Director of Brighthelm, said: “The Brighthelm Centre has been moving forwards in its commitment to improving its environmental performance as part of living out its mission in the community. We are delighted with the chalk bank that will enhance the number of butterflies in the garden and are pleased to be part of the urban Biosphere and to help promote its aims and ideals. This new development sits well alongside the demonstration vegetable garden, wild flower patch and composting facilities that have been developed in recent years with help from Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, the city council and other partners."


[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 236, September/October 2015]

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