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Last updated Sunday 2nd July 2017

The second opening for the charity took place on the 1st July. Despite a perfect day, turnout was much lower than last year! We raised £332 for the charity through just 60 visitors.

A great time was had by those who visited and there were some wonderful comments in the Visitor's Book. We even had visitors from Canada!

On the left, the poster for the 2017 event!

Trail organiser, Geoff Stonebanks, was named Fundraiser of the Year by More Radio for 2016. He was nominated, shortlisted and won the award in November 2016 and the news made the front page of the local paper on 2nd December. Driftwood has just been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2017.

Click HERE to view the garden web site. Driftwood appeared on BBC Gardeners' World last Autumn and was shortlisted by Gardeners' World Magazine in the Garden of the Year Awards 2016, in the small space category.

On 23rd July 2016, Driftwood opened for the very first time for the Sussex children's charity! Even the sea mist which rolled in before the 11am opening time did not dampen spirits. It was still quite warm and many visitors took to the seats on the beach garden to enjoy their tea and cake. £657 was raised for the charity!

The garden opened from 11am to 5pm for the
Family Support Work and visitors were able to enjoy Geoff's home made tea and cakes, all served on vintage china with tea pots in the front beach garden overlooking the sea or in amongst the sumptuous planting at the rear!

BBC Radio Sussex's gardening expert from Dig It, Jean Griffin, was on hand in the garden to offer gardening advice, many came along with their questions for her to answer, like the two discussing moving plants with her here.

The garden at the back looked amazing for the 134 visitors who came along on the day! Many charity volunteers came along and supported the event too.

Because of the warm weather, many took to sitting at the front in the beach garden too. Linda wallraven was responsible for taking the money at the gate, ably supported by Jack Russell, Albert.

A steady stream of visitors came to the garden along with a small minibus of a singles group from Brighton.

Liz & Roy Steadman wrote in the visitors' book "A beautiful garden with so many delightful vistas and wonderful atmosphere."

"Such an inspiring garden. So much to see, just packed with flowers, so colourful. And the cakes are to die for! Heide and I enjoyed the coffee and walnut cake! Thank you for supporting FSW." said Elaine Waight.

Gina Coleman who had travelled from Ham in London wrote, "Lovely to see you again Geoff and your wonderful garden. Even though I knew what to expect this time when I went down the side of the house it was still such a 'Wow' moment seeing all the beautiful plants and shrubs. All are in such perfect condition and clearly so happy in their positions."

Check out the charity's web page to donate direct to the charity

"I was overwhelmed and charmed, and wondered how so many plants have fitted into such a perfectly formed space? Geoff's enthusiasm is catching and he and his amazing garden deserve every visitor that makes their way up his enchanting garden path."
said Francine Raymond, in her feature in the Sunday Telegraph Living Magazine, 23rd August 2015

You can also read many reviews of the garden on TripAdvisor.

Driftwood Garden was featured on Good Morning Britain in July 2014.

In 2012, we were extremely pleased to win the Garden News Best Small Garden and be selected as one of 4 finalists in the Daily Mail National Garden Competition.

Click HERE to view the garden web site, listed as one of 25 glorious gardens to see in Sussex by Sussex Life Magazine in May 2014. Click HERE to see a map and parking arrangements.