Charity open gardens festival in Seaford

This is just one of the open gardens taking part in the National Gardens Festival - 8 Sandgate Close, Seaford.
This is just one of the open gardens taking part in the National Gardens Festival - 8 Sandgate Close, Seaford.

There will be a chance to snoop around gardens in Seaford and raise money for charity from June 15-16 during the National Gardens Festival.

Gardens will include Barrack Cottage (Sat only), 1 Buckthorn Close (Sat only), Elizabeth Cottage (Sun only) and 8 Sandgate Close and Driftwood 4 Marine Drive (both all weekend), from 11am to 5pm.

Admission costs £5 for all gardens, but children go free.

NGS scheme assistant county organiser for East and Mid Sussex, Geoff Stonebanks, said: “Visitors will see five completely unique gardens on this wonderful trail during the weekend, ranging from a 2012 Daily Mail National Garden Competition finalist garden and one featured in Amateur Gardening Magazine though green and tranquil havens to a new garden with 3D landscaping.

“The new gardens are Elizabeth Cottage, a small but delightful garden stocked with cottage plants, and 1 Buckthorn Close, an integrated combination of flowers, fruits and vegetables.

“Great tea and cakes served on vintage china at Driftwood both days and Barrack Cottage on Saturday and Sandgate Close on Sunday.”

Money raised from the nationwide festival will go to cancer charities Macmillan and Marie Curie.

Other gardens opening in the East Sussex area will be: Follers Manor, Alfriston, both days, Firle Walled Herb Garden, Sun 16, and Old Vicarage Firle, Sun 16.

Full details at www.ngs.org.uk or in the Yellow Book.