BBC South East presenter Natalie Graham to open Seaford Mayor’s Garden Trail

Geoff Stonebanks garden, Driftwood, in Bishopstone.
Geoff Stonebanks garden, Driftwood, in Bishopstone.

BBC South East presenter Natalie Graham will officially open the Seaford Mayor’s Garden Trail on Sunday June 23.

Seaford Mayor Anthony White and MP Norman Baker will also be at the event which begins at 11am in Driftwood Garden, Bishopstone.

A total of nine gardens, including four which have never been open to the public before, are part of the day.

Money will go to the Mayor’s chosen charities, which this year are Waifs & Strays Dog Rescue and Seaford Downs Syndrome Special Needs Support Group.

Event organiser Geoff Stonebanks, who owns Driftwood garden, said: “Following the very wet conditions on the last Mayor’s Garden Trail in July 2012, when over £1,000 was raised for the two charities, myself and new mayor Anthony White are hoping for better weather this year.

“There is a real reason to join the 2013 trail. Not only can you see four gardens that have never opened to the public in Seaford before, but, you can help raise much needed funds for this years charities.”

The event is sponsored again by Pomegranate. Geoff added Natalie was hoping to see some of the other gardens as well.

The nine gardens opening on the day are: 11 Steyne Road, 9 Kingsmead, Cosy Cottage 69 Firle Rd, Driftwood, 4 Marine Drive, 8 Sandgate Close, Windover, Chyngton Lane North, 1 Buckthorn Close, 14 Lullington Close and Seaford Community Garden (formerly the Exchange Project).

All gardens will be open between 11am and 5pm and refreshments will be available at Driftwood and Windover and possibly others.

Tickets will be available at each garden and will cost £5 to see all nine gardens.

GRAND RAFFLE: 1st prize, £100 National Gardening voucher and 2nd prize of £50 voucher to spend in Pomegranate.

Full details and maps can be found by visiting the website www.mayorsopengarden.co.uk