Beautiful garden at Driftwood in Bishopstone opens for charity again this summer

Cups at Driftwood in Bishopstone
Cups at Driftwood in Bishopstone

THE GARDEN at Driftwood in Seaford has been open 36 times since July 2009 and received 3,350 visitors and now green fingered Geoff Stonebanks is preparing to increase those numbers.

Driftwood, 4 Marine Drive, will be open on Sunday June 17 for the St Wilfrid’s Secret Garden Event from 11am to 5pm, with a suggested entry of £2.

Then it will be welcoming garden lovers again on Tuesday June 19 as part of the National Gardens Scheme, again from 11am to 5pm and with an entry fee of £3.

As well as being able to see the colourful flowers and plants, there will be tea, coffee, home-made cakes, plant sales and a photographic and painting exhibition to enjoy.

Since he started opening the garden, Mr Stonebanks has raised nearly £7,000 for a variety of charities, notably Macmillan and the National Gardens Scheme.

“I’ve personally cooked over 1,200 cup cakes to sell at these events, proceeds from which go to the charity we are supporting for that opening,” he said.

“It will open another 13 times in 2012 and this year, to complement the vintage china we have been serving our tea in, our visitors can now buy the vintage china on rods to decorate their flower borders or hanging basket or patios, all assembled by me during the winter.

“Some are made from vintage china from Coronation year to help celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.”

This year there are two new Open Garden Events in Seaford he has organised, one on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support on August 5 and one on behalf of the Mayor’s Charity in Seaford through Seaford Town Council on the July 8.

Eight gardens will open for Macmillan event, sponsored by Paradise Park and five for the town council event, sponsored by Pomegranate and Ollivers.

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