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LAST UPDATED Friday 16th August 2019
The 2019 trail has now taken place.

However, on Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August, a previous trail garden owner, Geoffrey Mantle, will be opening his garden in East Dean in support of our 2019 fundraising.

An open garden and coffee morning event.

Little Barn, 15 Hillside, East Dean BN20 0HE
OPEN 1030am to 130pm

Geoffrey Mantle will opening his hillside garden. A half acre, steep sloping garden, set on the South Downs with stunning views of the sea at Beachy Head and Birling Gap. It has three terraces with a wide range of plants including dwarf conifers, shrubs and bedding plants. There are also two greenhouses, a conservatory, a small vegetable garden based on raised beds, as well as two rockeries.

There is a a summerhouse and a sun room, so plenty of spaces to sit and admire the view! This is an outstandingly colorful garden developed by the former Vice Principal of Plumpton Agricultural College over the past 40 years. Teas available BUT NO TOILET FACILITIES AVAILABLE.

The trail raised the most ever over the last 8 years! £9163. On behalf of Macmillan cancer Support,sincere thanks to all who took part, volunteered or visited!! The Macmillan raffle at Driftwood, due to be drawn on 1st August has been delayed to 22nd August to allow more ticket sales to visitors to Geoff's garden.

Below Christine Walkden cutting the ribbon to open the trail at Driftwood and beneath that Geoff, Ruth Leonard (Head of Volunteering Development at Macmillan) with Christine.

Our organiser, Geoff Stonebanks spoke with Joe Talbot on BBC Sussex on Friday 26th July, click the image to listen to it.

Buy your ticket in first garden visited, pick up a 12 page brochure too as well as details of our amazing sponsor, Richard Jackson's Garden.

Very proudly sponsored in 2019 by Garden Media Guild's award winning web site.

Coastal Garden Trail

TV Gardener, Christine Walkden, our patron, will open the trail in 2019. Entry £3 per garden or £8 for a day ticket on Saturday and £8 on Sunday.

The new Macmillan Horizon Cancer Centre celebrated its 1st birthday and official launch on 22nd November 2017.


Many gardens have steps and narrow paths meaning that disabled wheelchair access is not possible.
For advice on access across the trail, please call
01323 899296.

View and print your own brochure here.

If you have any queries please contact
Geoff Stonebanks.

As in previous years, if you would like to support our fundraising efforts in 2019, you can donate direct, via Just Giving, by clicking the the logo to the right. This link also allows you to Gift Aid your donation too.  macmillan


(Including Portslade, Woodingdean, Ovingdean, Rottingdean & Saltdean)

Garden 1...... 124 Trafalgar Road, Portslade
BN41 1GS

After visiting the trail in 2018, Marie Bishop has decided to open up her own garden this year. She says "I am a thrifty gardener who, for the last twelve years has been growing our small front and back gardens from scratch, trying to reuse, repurpose and recycle as much as possible. I relish the challenge of creating something new and pretty out of other people's cast-off pots, bicycle wheels,sheds, pallets, etc." Park nearby on Trafalgar Way, Victoria Park or Beaconsfield Road as there is no parking directly outside the house.

Garden 2...... 33 St Leonard's Gardens, Hove, BN3 4QA

Jade Diable is going to be opening her lovely garden close to the seafront in Hove. It is a pretty work in progress with lots of pastel colours and large garden studio which will be open selling vintage and garden homewares. She will be selling plants and some garden related art work with a percentage donated to Macmillan. Home-made tea and cakes with light lunches too. There will be a raffle with amazing garden prizes.

Be aware there is restricted parking here ONLY between 11am and midday, rest of day it is free. Exceptionally, Jade will open at 10am both days to try support early visitors and the parking restrictions! No WC Facilities.

Garden 3...... 3 Shirley Drive, Hove, BN3 6NQ

Pat and John Burnage have decided to open their Hove garden for Macmillan for the first time. Pat describes the gardens as her favourite rooms in the house. Full of old friends and lovely memories. There will be a bric a brac stall raising funds for Macmillan too and tea and cakes with plenty of seats on the patio!

Be aware there are double yellow lines along a lot of Shirley Drive. However, there is a long lay-by on the opposite side of the road with a 4-hour restriction, adjacent to Hove recreation ground and free parking in adjacent side streets at weekends. Hove station is nearby too.

Garden 4...... 5 Glen Rise Close, Brighton BN1 5LQ.

Annelise is a professional gardener who is developing a challenging garden on heavy clay into a plantsman’s paradise with an emphasis on colour, late season perennials, choice tender plants, unusual annuals and wildlife friendly areas. The garden also features a pond brimming with dragonflies and frogs, a wildflower patch, three chickens and a handmade clay oven. Come and enjoy tea and homemade cakes surrounded by colourful containers.

Garden 5...... 31 Preston Park Avenue, Brighton

Lindy Craighall will be opening her garden for the very first time on the trail. She describes it as a rectangle located on four levels with some large well established trees and brick walls on either side.The soil is very chalky and thin. The steps are a big feature full of planted up pots. Delicious home-made tea and cakes served too.

Garden 6...... 11 Rugby Road, Brighton

This little house in Brighton is home to Adam & Dan,1 pug and bundles of creativity. Now with beautiful garden, opening for the first time for Macmillan, it started as part of the Artists Open Houses, is now a must see on the Open House trail twice a year, get some great deals on original work here too over the trail weekend.

Garden 7...... 26 South Avenue, Brighton

Having had a year off, Sarah and Martin have decided to open their garden again this year too! This is their garden in spring. Sarah says, "please come and visit in summer and see the different spaces where we have planted mixed grasses and perennials, roses, coastal plants, a willow arch and vegetables. The outcome of various garden courses that I have attended! There are lots of places to sit and enjoy a cup of tea and cake made from garden produce." There is plenty of on street pay parking by the garden.

Garden 8...... Macmillan Horizon Centre, Bristol Gate,
Brighton, BN2 5BD

This is the third year that the new centre has been able to open for the trail. Centre manager, Geoff Brown, has agreed to open up both days, so visitors can take a look at what their donations in previous years have helped build. A member of his team will be on hand and donation buckets on display. The coffee shop will be open and visitors pay by donation too! There is a very small garden area and an amazing living roof to be seen!

Garden 9......27 Balsdean Road, Woodingdean

Beryl & Alan Brown will be opening their garden again in 2019. Take home-made tea and cake in the garden or on the terrace outside the Summer house. You can even visit the secret garden down the side of the property! A long garden with established trees and shrubs and a sun trap in the afternoon.

Garden 10...... 2 Coombe Vale, Saltdean,

Ethel Trigg and Alex Thomas's garden is quite large and hugs the bungalow. It is returning after a year off. It is planted with a large variety of plants, flowers fruit trees and bushes. There is also a raised ornamental fish pond which creates quite a nice feature. Arts and crafts for sale too! Ethel has invited Woofing Fabulous to sell their fabulous ceramics too.

Garden 11...... 33 Wivelsfield Road, Saltdean

For the very first time, Chris and Steve are opening their amazing, work in progress, 3 tiered garden which includes a large meadow and field leading out to the Downs. There are beautiful succulents in containers, incredible views from the meadow to both the ocean and the Downs and lovely planting. They will be serving tea and cakes too. Steep steps to gain entry to the garden.


Garden 12...... 31 High View Road, Telscombe, BN10 7AY

Tracy Williams will be opening her lovely small garden again after a few years break. In her own words it is described as "A garden filled with pots and containers packed with lots of lovely flowers , shrubs and veggies".

Garden 13...... Pear Tree Cottage, 45 Glynn Road, Peacehaven BN10 7SH

Sue and Darren invite you to come and relax in their peaceful cottage garden with planting and ponds to encourage wildlife. There will be plenty of seating, including some undercover in the summer house if the weather is against us, to enjoy homemade cakes and scones served on vintage china. Sue will be selling homemade preserves made with produce from the garden. A percentage of the cost will be donated to Macmillan.

Garden 14...... 18 Bramber Close, Peacehaven, BN10 8DH

Margaret Howland is hoping to open her delightful garden in Bramber Close again. She says my garden is my sanctuary where I can loose a whole day. Over the years I have changed the design and moved plants and shrubs around giving me what the family call a pretty garden, with different areas to sit and enjoy the planting.

Christine Walkden will visit the garden briefly, from about 1510 to 1545 on Saturday 27th.

Garden 15...... Farm View Therapies, No 3 Crocks Dean, Peacehaven, BN10 8JD

Daniel and Suzy's small traditional/modern Chinese flower garden has a red, yellow and orange flowered theme, and includes a whole host of different species from crocosmia to dahlia to multiple bamboos, maples, evergreens, banana and bonsai. Please join us for a piece of cake and cup of tea served on Wedgwood. No 3 is the last house on left side of the cul de sac.

Garden 16...... 20 Piddinghoe Av, Peacehaven BN10 8PF

OPEN SUNDAY ONLY. Alison and Dave Standing will be opening their small but pretty cottage garden which has different seating areas. Visitors are made very welcome in a relaxing atmosphere! Teas served in the garden as well!


Garden 17...... Driftwood 4 Marine Drive Bishopstone
BN25 2RS

Our patron Christine Walkden was at Driftwood for the opening of the trail in 2015.

Geoff Stonebanks's garden, Driftwood , has been featured on BBC Gardeners' World, was a finalist in BBC Gardeners' World Magazine's Garden of the Year 2016 and has been seen on Good Morning Britain and had a fabulous 8-page feature in Coast Magazine in 2017. You can also read many reviews of the garden on TripAdvisor. It has also won several national awards and featured in many national and local papers and magazines.

Visitors can enjoy tea on the beach garden or amongst the sumptuous planting in the back garden. Winner Best Small Garden in UK 2012 and owner of coveted Daily Mail National Competition blue plaque. Check out the Driftwood monthly updates in the national gardening magazine, Garden News.

Garden 18......The Walled Garden at the School House, On The Egg, Bishopstone, Seaford, BN25 2UF

Tim and Karen will be opening their gorgeous, work in progress, walled garden in the tiny hamlet of Bishopstone old village. Located off the village green, called The Egg, it has stunning views of the borrowed landscape of both the Downs and St Andrews Church. It is an extremely relaxing space and quite unique. Park in Bishopstone Road by the church but don't block the road to make sure you leave plenty of space for farm vehicles.

Walk up the gravel path to the lychgate, follow the flagstone path, past the church door down to the village hall, walk through the hall yard, then through two gates (Lovers Lane), immediately left there is a huge wooden door in a high wall, this is the garden.

The garden is a hospice for hedgehogs after they have been at WRAS (Wildlife Rescue Ambulance Service) just North of Eastbourne. Wild animals who have been hurt in any way can be taken to WRAS and once they are better are released back where they came from. However, sometimes they are too vulnerable to be re-released back into the wild due to their injuries, so the hedgehogs come to us to live out the rest if their lives, free from predators, cars, chemicals, strimmers etc, in our garden. At the moment there are six, although they only ever see three at the moment. Malcom takes a walk around the garden around 5 or 6 times in the afternoon, Boris is out a bit later and the others keep themselves scarce.

Christine Walkden will visit the garden briefly, from about 1315 to 1400 on Saturday 27th.


Garden 19......Seaford Community Garden, Seaford

A community garden open to all, run by volunteers with flowers, fruit, vegetables and a wildlife pond. Lots of plants for sale! Their mission statement is to creatively develop a garden that will empower and develop the participants leading to a significant improvement in the quality of life for the wider community. Click HERE for their web site.

Garden 20...... 27 Alfriston Park, Seaford
BN25 3LS

Sally Attrell is opening her delightful garden for the 2019 trail. A small oasis on the edge of Seaford. With different levels and a tranquil Koi pond to sit and reflect by. A haven for birds and humans. 6 years in the making and delicious tea and cake served on vintage china.

Christine Walkden will visit the garden briefly, from about 1420 to 1450 on Saturday 27th.


Garden 21...... Martlets, The Broadway, Alfriston, BN26 5XH

OPEN SATURDAY ONLY! Rosalind Anesi will be opening her garden for the first time on the trail on Saturday only, more details to follow.

Many thanks to Richard Jackson for sponsoring for 4th successive year.

The generous people of Sussex raised £3.7m to help fund the building of the Macmillan Horizon Centre, but more is still needed. The running costs of the centre are covered by Macmillan Cancer Support, and services provided by a team of skilled local volunteers. Macmillan is funded solely by donations and the running costs of the centre are over £650,000 per annum. All monies raised from this trail will support Macmillan in it's operation.

Lovely piece in Sussex Express on 26th July.

Great tweet from Christine Walkden following the tea party.

17 of the 21 garden owners at the Horizon Centre for the tea party briefing on 20th July.

Lovely piece in The Argus on 17th July.

We received a generous donation of £200, for the second year running, from Maggie Cook of Second Chance Charity Shop in Ferreiras, Portugal. Lorna & John Davies from Skyscape, in Woodingdean, held a plant sale in April and raised £176 for the trail as well as donating a further 55 plants for trail organiser, Geoff Stonebanks to sell in his garden this summer too!

Geoffrey Mantle is proposing opening his own garden, on 26th August, in East Dean, belatedly as he is not able to open in July. More details to follow.

Christine sent a lovely tweet wishing us well for 2019, see left and a very supportive message for our organiser on the right.

All the monies raised from entrance fees to the gardens, monies raised by selling raffle tickets, along with the proceeds from the sales of teas and coffees will go towards maintaining and operating the new Cancer Support Centre in Brighton. Any stalls operated in the gardens will donate a percentage of their proceeds to the charity as well.

In addition to the monies raised on the trail Geoff Stonebanks also raises money for Macmillan through income from private visits to his own garden, Driftwood throughout the Summer, through raffle of artist donated pieces and proceeds from the sale of tea and cakes at many charity openings. Over £66000 raised to date!

In December 2017, trail organiser, Geoff Stonebanks, received an invitation from Buckingham Palace. His Royal Highness, Prince Charles invited him to a reception for Macmillan Cancer Support in January 2018. Macmillan said it was a thank you for him having made a significant difference to the charity and to those suffering with cancer! Read all about his experience visiting the Palace here.

It was an amazing evening for Geoff at Buckingham Palace, in January 2018, meeting His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, at a reception for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Geoff has attended a Macmillan Executive Team Meeting in the Horizon Centre, Brighton where The Trustees and Board met with groups of volunteers and staff at the centre and heard direct from Geoff about his fundraising work with the charity, both the trail and other events in his own garden Driftwood. He can be seen here with Chief Executive of Macmillan, Lynda Thomas prior to the meeting.

Tom Lay, Regional Fundraising Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support said after the cheque presentation in 2018, "It was a complete pleasure to visit Geoff and his team this weekend to celebrate raising an incredible amount of money for people living with cancer. We are so grateful for the incredible efforts of Geoff Stonebanks and everyone involved in the Driftwood Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail. The money raised by everyone opening their gardens will make a huge difference and supports the work being done at the Macmillan Horizon Centre in Brighton and we cannot thank them all enough. Not only does Geoff support Macmillan by organising and fundraising for this brilliant event, he raises masses amounts of awareness and we couldn't be their for people who need us without people like Geoff, the team that supports him, the garden owners and visitors who come to see these beautiful gardens."

At the end of the final day of the Artwave Festival at Driftwood, Tom Lay from Macmillan accepted a cheque for £12515 being the monies raised for Macmillan Cancer Support from Driftwood private visits, grand artist raffle, Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail and all visitor donations in 2018, see image in newspaper feature from 7th February, promoting the 2019 trail. It also appeared online too on 10th February here.

Read all about the 2018 trail here.

Christine Walkden's horticultural knowledge, combined with her obvious passion for gardening is what has made her a TV and radio favourite, and The One Show’s resident gardening expert, along with being a regular pannelist on Gardeners' Question Time. Autumn 2014 saw her in a 15 part series on BBC1 called "Glorious Gardens from Above". Christine said "I support cancer charities as we have had problems in the family so I know myself what people go through and also how its upsets families as well. I just hope it may help you." See Christine's web site HERE.

Surprisingly the BBC2 series Christine did a few years ago, Christine's Garden is not available on DVD but you can see them all on YouTube for free. Check them out HERE!

In 2015, Christine generously agreed to travel to Sussex to open the event in the award winning garden of organiser, Geoff Stonebanks. She said "Opening gardens and sharing them with others is a great treat for all. It generates a sense of community, camaraderie and interest in the beauty that gardeners create. I am thrilled to continue as patron for the fifth year, especially having seen it first hand." Christine goes on to say "There are probably umpteen better gardens down my street, but it doesn't bother me - I'm not competitive or pretentious. I don't want a showcase garden. It's the relationship I have with my garden that matters."

Christine can be seen above with organiser, Geoff Stonebanks and Macmillan Fundraising Manager Tom Carter.

Over £70000 has now been raised by Geoff's Driftwood Fundraising Group since 2012!

In September 2016, Geoff and some of his garden supporters, were invited to a preview of the centre and were amazed to find that Driftwood Fundraising Group was listed on the roll call of supporters who have raised money for the centre. Sussex Committees have raised over £1.1 million and Driftwood £70000 of that.

Please contact Geoff Stonebanks, the organiser for more information on the event.