Coastal garden trail around Seahaven, Brighton and Eastbourne boasts almost 30 gardens

One of the gardens which will open to the public in Piddinghoe.
One of the gardens which will open to the public in Piddinghoe.

Almost 30 gardens will be taking part in a popular coastal garden trail in aid of Macmillan this summer.

People will be able to visit gardens in Peacehaven, Newhaven and Bishopstone, as well as other towns during the weekend of July 26 and 27.

There will be the City Trail of seven in the east of Brighton, the Coastal Selection of three in Saltdean and Peacehaven.

Further up the coast there will be four in Newhaven and four in Seaford and Bishopstone, including trail organiser Geoff Stonebanks’ own award winning garden Driftwood.

Geoff said: “I am absolutely over the moon this year at the tremendous uptake of new gardens joining the trail for 2014.

“Of the 29 gardens opening this year, 19 are totally new to the trail, which is amazing. It is also great news that Christine Walkden has generously agreed to be the patron for the 2nd year.

“The large increase in garden numbers has meant that Geoff has been able to create six smaller, localised trails that visitors can see.”

Amongst the gardens on view and new this year will be Lee Highley’s garden which overlooks Newhaven Harbour at 39 Marine Drive, Bishopstone.

It includes a beach garden, colourful shrubs, lots of pots, a vegetable patch, several seating areas and wild orchids growing in the turf.

Full details and maps at or call Geoff on 01323 899296 for more details.

A £12 weekend ticket allows you to see as many gardens as you can or it will be £2 per garden. Tickets and individual trail maps available in the first garden visited.