First garden trail in Newhaven is this weekend

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A GARDEN trail will be staged in Newhaven this weekend for the first time in aid of for HIV charity Sussex Beacon.

The Garden Gadabout scheme will be the start of a series of other exciting events in the town this summer.

Newhaven Gadabout spokesperson Carole Buchan said: “The trail, which will be open on June 23 and 24, will include Old Coastguard Cottages, overlooking the harbour, off Geneva Road.

“Carefully landscaped, lush, eclectic and self-seeded plants are augmented by found objects salvaged from the sea.”

Valley Road is a traditional easy-to-maintain plot with raised beds, flower borders, shrubbery and lawn, plus a patio and sitting area.

Visitors to Beresford Road will see a terraced organic garden with shrubs, flowers, vegetables and chickens. It has been made using mostly recycled materials.

Elphick Road is informal and shady with a tiny pond, pots and a seating area, roses and perennial underplanting. There is also a chance to visit the town’s cliff-top community garden. Meeching Road is a previous winner of the Sunday Times Best Garden in Britain competition. This calm and secluded space is rich with sculpture and local artwork and has a cool blue Mediterranean theme.

Newfield Road is predominantly white, blue and grey and there is a “camp” for the grandchildren among the trees.

There will be a free community bus. The gardens will be open both days from 11am to 5pm (Valley Road closes at 1pm on Sunday, June 24).

Arcadia in Hawth Park Road, Bishopstone is open the following weekend, June 30 and July 1.

This is a steep hillside plot with mixed borders, fruit and vegetables and a stunning deck.

Entry to each garden is £2 or a Super Saver day ticket is £7 giving one day entry to all the gardens on the trail in Newhaven and beyond. Tickets from www.brightonticketshop.com or on 01273 709709. Brochures at tourist information centres and other locations. Visit www.gardengadabout.org.uk.