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Open Seaford gardens have 1,300 visits

Driftwood Mayor's Garden Trail opening, left to right, Geoff Stonebanks, Cllr Mark Brown, Norman Baker, Mayoress Vera Brown SUS-140624-095921001

Driftwood Mayor's Garden Trail opening, left to right, Geoff Stonebanks, Cllr Mark Brown, Norman Baker, Mayoress Vera Brown SUS-140624-095921001

There were more than 1,300 visits when nine Seaford and Bishopstone gardens took part in the annual Mayor’s Trail on Sunday.

Organiser Geoff Stonebanks, who opened his garden at Driftwood, Bishopstone, once again, said while some people went to all the gardens, some just went to one or two.

The event got off to a great start at 11am at Driftwood, where the Mayor of Seaford, Cllr Mark Brown, and Mayoress, Vera Brown, alongside Norman Baker MP got the trail started.

Generous sponsors of the event, Steve and Sava from Pomegranate, were also on hand.

Cllr Brown opened the trail with some kind words about both the garden owners taking the trouble to support his two charities this year (Waves and Seahaven Storehouse) by opening their garden gates.

He gave sincere thanks to Geoff Stonebanks, who had single handely organised and planned the event for the third year running.

There were nine wonderful gardens to see, three open for the very first time.

Geoff said: “ It was a beautiful day for the event with hedge to hedge sunshine!

“From the information received from garden owners, it was clear that there were over 1,300 garden visits throughout the day.

“Some chose to see all nine while others dipped in and saw just one or two.”

Several of the gardens were serving tea and cakes but many resorted to serving cold drinks as the weather was so warm.

The raffle of a £100 garden voucher and £50 Pomegranate voucher raised a magnificent £373 across the gardens but special thanks must go to Liz Holland at Driftwood, Debbie Mcdermott at Kedale Rd and Shuria Russell at 39 Marine Drive for managing to sell the most tickets.

The draw took place on Tuesday (June 25).

The three new garden owners, Lee and Jacky, at 39 Marine Drive, Clare Mayers, at 36 Kedale Road, and Barbara and Gerald Mine, at 47 Marine Drive, all so enjoyed the experience and had such positive feedback from their visitors.

Geoff said :“ I was extremely pleased with the success of the event which raised an amazing £2,337 for the Mayor’s charities for 2014, an increase of 17 per cent on last year’s event.

“Thank you so much to all those who turned out to visit the gardens.”

Geoff’s garden is due to be open 16 times this summer and visitors travel from across the country to see it.

It has more than 600 followers on Facebook and 2,700 on Twitter.

 

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