The coastal Greensward is designated by West Sussex County Council (WSCC) as a Site of Nature Conservation Importance. It is also private land and a WSCC public right of way, that runs westwards from Sea Lane and is maintained by Middleton on Sea Association (MOSA).
“The site consists of a strip of vegetated shingle along the seafront with a large population of Sea Radish Raphanus raphanistrum ssp. Martimus, a plant that occurs in only three other sites in Sussex. This strip of vegetated shingle is backed by regularly mown grass and then housing”
The Village Design Statement (2000) notes
"A large variety of bird life can be seen on the beach and Greensward. These include cormorant, guillemot, curlew, lapwing, numerous types of gull and the ever-present oystercatcher. Families of herons are frequent visitors at low tide enjoying the food readily available to them.
The Greensward is a natural habitat for the wild meadowland flowers that were once in abundance on the farmland before the sea overtook it. Bluebells can be found edging the shingle banks indicating the unique blending of the countryside and sea. Valerian, vetch, milkwort, sea lavender and kale are but a few of the flowers to be found edging the shore. These provide valuable foods for the goldfinches, tits and other birds regularly seen."
The Greensward and Old Point are now part of the national coastal path.
Management Committee appoints a Greensward Sub Committee who works closely with the Coastal Sub Committee.
Once a year the Greensward Sub Committee organises a beach clean up. All residents and beach hut owners are invited to attend to help. Refreshments are served at the end of the clean up, giving a chance for residents to meet and get to know each other.