Brighton residents gathered at the bottom of Duke’s Mound to hold a ‘memorial service’ for the destruction of the Green Wall.
The memorial, held on Sunday 25th April, saw Brighton locals wearing green for the occasion and a wreath was laid where the wall once stood.
Andrew Gardner, a youth photographer based in the South of England, said: “Despite the low number of people who attended, it was great to see the camaraderie of those united under same disappointment in the city council after the Green Wall was cut down. They were all very enthusiastic for the cause, handing out green ribbons to wear and placing a wreath at the site of the once-was wall.”
Brighton and Hove City Council apologised on 22 April after receiving complaints that they had destroyed part of Europe’s oldest and longest Green Wall that was cherished by residents and tourists.
They said: “We’d like to apologise to our residents for the way we went about cutting back the stretch of Green Wall at the bottom of Duke’s Mound in March. It should not have been cut down in this way. We are very sorry about this.”
The council justified the removal of the wall as the greenery was said to limit visibility and could result in road accidents between vehicles and pedestrians.
The issue was not raised with councillors and they have requested an urgent review into what has happened.
An investigation is currently underway.