Seaford Mayor’s gardens raise £2,000

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BBC South East Today presenter Natalie Graham officially launched the Seaford Mayor’s Garden Trail on Sunday and £2,000 was raised.

Natalie opened the trail at Bishopstone, the garden of event organiser Geoff Stonebanks, and went on to visit some of the other horticultural delights on show.

Nine gardens were in the trail, four of which had never opened to the public before, and Pomegranate sponsored the event.

The gardens were: 11 Steyne Road, 9 Kingsmead, Cosy Cottage 69 Firle Rd, Driftwood, 4 Marine Drive, 8 Sandgate Close, Windover, Chyngton Lane North, 1 Buckthorn Close, 14 Lullington Close and Seaford Community Garden (formerly the Exchange Project).

Geoff said: “I was so discouraged when I saw the weather and was so worried it would keep visitors away.

“However they proved me wrong and many flocked to the gardens, especially the four new ones that were all really well received.

“Cllr White said that since taking office, any event he had attended while wearing his official chain of office had seen sun (or at least dry weather).

“All nine garden owners raised an amazing £2,001 for the mayor’s two charities this year, Waifs & Strays and Seaford Downs Syndrome and Special Needs Support Group.

“Many thanks to Helen and Dave Roberts, Roger and Jane Bullock, Carol and Ernie Whitecrane, Gardening Team at Seaford Community Garden, Mary and David Holland, David Ward and Jonathan Milne, Sheila and Dave Thomas, Aideen and Denis Jones,and all the helpers in each of the gardens without whom if would not have been possible.”

Seaford Mayor Cllr Anthony White said: “What a fantastic day, Geoff.

“Thanks so much for all that you and everyone else have done to make this terrific community project a huge success.

“I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the gardens, even though the weather recently has done its best to mess all the hard work up .

“You are definitely one of the true community heroes of Seaford and one the we are very proud of. Great work, great fun.”

Grand raffle winners were: 1st - Celia Hughes £100 voucher; 2nd - Sam Shippen, £50 voucher for Pomegranate; 3rd - Carol Arnold: bottle of bubbly.

Driftwood featured in a national newspaper on the day and opens again for the St Wilfrid’s Hospice Secret Garden Series on Sunday June 30, 11am to 5pm, with 4 Sunningdale Close, Seaford, which opens for the first time.