Open Garden at Driftwood in Bishopstone for charity


GARDEN lovers will have another chance to see a delightful Bishopstone garden and raise money for a good cause.

Geoff Stonebanks will open Driftwood at 4 Marine Drive on Sunday June 17 from 11am to 5pm to support St Wilfrid’s Hospice Secret Garden event.

Visitors can indulge in some retail therapy, with plants, garden decorations, photos and paintings for sale.

Geoff said: “Visitors can expect a mind blowing experience, of the gardening kind. Additionally fabulous tea and cakes all served on vintage china on trays in the garden at the front of the house where visitors can take tea with fabulous views of the sea or at the back in a garden of sumptuous planting.

“The garden has more than 400 different plants, a brand new beach garden, complete with lobster pots, small dinghy, driftwood and plants and shows visitors what you can do with no lawn and no exposed soil with the juxtaposition of a coastal garden versus a cottage garden.”

This year there are new raised cottage beds in the back garden and a beach garden at the front.

Geoff opened his garden to the public last year on numerous occasions for good causes, but he is planning the same punishing schedule of open garden events this summer for various charities.

Geoff said: “I love gardening, I am retired and needed to occupy myself having had a very responsible and demanding job, I could not sit around so have turned my energies into creating this fabulous garden and then I enjoy people visiting and they themselves enjoying the experience. Being able to raise the money for charity is a wonderful bonus.”

The suggested entry fee is just £2. Visit