Gardener recognised for charity work by mayor of Seaford

One of the gardens which will be part of the garden trail.
One of the gardens which will be part of the garden trail.
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A gardener has been presented with an award for his charitable work in and around the town.

Geoff Stonebanks, from Bishopstone, who organises the annual Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail, was given the award by the Mayor of Seaford.

Geoff Stonebanks at his garden in Bishopstone

Geoff Stonebanks at his garden in Bishopstone

Geoff hosts the trail to raise funds for the new Macmillan Horizon Centre which is currently being built in Brighton.

The centre is due to be open next spring.

Before organising the garden trail, Geoff had been opening his own multi-award winning garden Driftwood for two years.

He raised money under the banner Driftwood Fundraising Group, which was also to raise funds for the Macmillan Horizon Centre.

Geoff said his coastal garden trail has been going from strength to strength since it was opened back in 2011.

He will be hosting the garden trail again this year, and it will run on July 25 and 26.

Patron of the 2015 event for the thrird year is TV gardener Christine Walkden.

Geoff said he is thrilled to announce that she will be travelling to Sussex to open the event in his garden in Seaford.

He said: “There are currently 23 gardens currently signed up to take part in the trail.

“Five are located in Brighton, eight in Peacehaven and Telscombe, two in Seaford, four in Rodmell and Swanborough, and four in Eastbourne/East Dean/Friston.

“All will be open over the weekend of the 25th and 26th July from 11am to 5pm on both days.

“Many will be serving home made teas and some selling jewellery, garden art and plant supports. New for 2015 will be the three gardens in the lovely village of Rodmell and the stunning modernist house in Swanborough looking over the South Downs to a view painted by Eric Ravillious.

“Visitors will be able to sit and take in the view over the weekend while enjoying home made teas. Three gardens in Rodmell are also opening with equally beautiful vistas.”

Full details of all gardens, location maps and copies of the brochure, once completed, are available on the trail website.

You can visit the trail website at www.macmillangardentrail.co.uk

For more information about Geoff’s garden Driftwood visit www.driftwoodbysea.co.uk