Coastal garden trail to raise funds for Brighton cancer centre

Ocklynge Manor in Eastbourne.
Ocklynge Manor in Eastbourne.

Gardening fans are in for a treat this weekend when a grand total of 22 gardens will be open to the public from Brighton to Eastbourne in aid of cancer charity Macmillan.

The coastal garden trail from Saturday August 3 to Sunday August 4 from 11am to 5pm will give visitors the chance to visit private gardens, pick up some tips and indulge in tea and cake.

Entry to the gardens will be £2 for each garden, £7 for a day ticket to see as many gardens as you want on that day, or a weekend saver ticket of £10 to see as many gardens as you want over the two day weekend.

Amongst the towns with gardens taking part in the event are Seaford, Newhaven and Lewes, as well as Rodmell and Telscombe.

Event organiser Geoff Stonebanks said Jack Dunckley, one of gardening’s hottest young talents, would be officially opening the trail at Driftwood in Bishopstone.

Jack made his RHS Chelsea Flower Show debut this year and won a silver gilt medal for his garden, entitled Juxtaposition, which highlighted the work Perennial does to help people who work in horticulture and their families in times of need.

Money raised will go towards building a new cancer centre in Brighton.

To see a list of the gardens taking part and photos visit http://www.macmillangardentrail.co.uk/