Seaford Garden Festival boosts National Gardens Scheme charities

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A garden festival in Seaford helped raise £2,200 and attracted almost 400 visitors over the weekend of June 15-16.

Organiser Geoff Stonebanks, who was opening his own garden, Driftwood in Bishopstone, said it was a very, very windy day on Saturday, with Sunday’s weather proving much finer.

A total of five gardens in Seaford were open under the National Gardens Scheme, which raises money for charity.

Geoff said: “A great weekend was had at Driftwood, one of the 800 gardens open in England and Wales, celebrating the first ever National Gardens Festival Weekend which saw Anneka Rice fly around five gardens in the South East by helicopter to help promote the event.

“Many visitors had travelled some distance to see the garden having read about it in both national and local press. Thanks to them all.”

Gardens open to the public included Barrack Cottage,1 Buckthorn Close, Elizabeth Cottage and 8 Sandgate Close and Driftwood, 4 Marine Drive.

Visitors could see five completely unique gardens, ranging from a 2012 Daily Mail National Garden Competition finalist garden and one featured in Amateur Gardening Magazine, though green and tranquil havens, to a new garden with 3D landscaping.

The new gardens at Elizabeth Cottage, was described as a small but delightful garden stocked with cottage plants, and 1 Buckthorn Close, an integrated combination of flowers, fruit and vegetables.

Money raised from the nationwide festival will go to cancer charities Macmillan and Marie Curie.

If you missed a chance to see the Seaford garden festival, some of the gardens are open again this weekend for the Mayor’s Garden Trail. Turn to page 17 to find out more.

Geoff said he was thrilled with some of the comments from visitors left on the Driftwood Garden Facebook page.

Gareth and Kate Prickett said: “Beautiful! An inspiration to us to get in to gear and sort out our own garden!”

Tanya Collins added: “So agree with Mr and Mrs Prickett’s comment.

“You sometimes need a bit of inspiration to see what you can do especially if you have a small or odd-shaped garden.

“I “got in to gear” to start mine after a visit to Driftwood and Sussex Prairies two years ago.”

Kate added: “Tanya, we talked all the way home about what Driftwood has shown we might achieve in our garden. We are determined to do it now! Geoff, it was a lovely visit - thank you.”