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Pictured above left, our Patron, Christine Walkden, Tom Carter (Macmillan) and organiser Geoff Stonebanks at 2015 opening. Beneath Geoff Stonebanks meeting HRH The Prince of Wales at a Macmillan reception in Buckingham Palace in 2018.
On right Macmillan Chief Executive, Lynda Thomas and Geoff at Horizon Centre in 2017.

LAST UPDATED Saturday 1st December 2018

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

Christine Walkden has confirmed she will be in Seaford to open the trail at 11am on 27th July 2019, in trail organiser, Geoff Stonebanks's garden, Driftwood.

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.

Read all about the 2018 trail here.

The 2019 trail will take place over the weekend of the 27th & 28th July and Christine Walkden will be at Driftwood to open the event at 11am on the 27th.

Would you like to open your garden as part of the 2019 event? call Geoff on 01323 899296 to discuss.

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.

Gardens opening in 2019 will be added as they sign up. 10 gardens confirmed so far.
If you have any queries please contact
Geoff Stonebanks.

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.


(Including Woodingdean, Ovingdean, Rottingdean & Saltdean)

Garden 1...... 11 Rugby Road, Brighton

Adam & Dan will be opening their evolving garden with lots of art for sale too! More details to follow

Garden 2......Shepherds, 1 Martyns Close , Ovingdean

Fiona and Terry King will be opening their small garden again in 2019, they enjoyed it last year so are opening both days this year!. Fiona says, "Our garden is nestled into the top of what was an old sheep down. It has beautiful views over the surrounding hills plus the sea. A tranquil oasis with decking and seating to enjoy teas, coffees and home-made cakes."

Garden 3...... 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.

Garden 4...... 33 Wivelsfield Road, Saltdean

Chris and Steve who opened their previous garden in Brighton for the first few trails will now be opening their new one in Saltdean for the very first time in 2019. More details to follow.

Garden 5...... 112 Lustrells Crescent, Saltdean,

Louise Wilson gives treatments at the new Horizon Centre in Brighton and is erring towards opening again in 2019. It is a newly developing, sensory garden . See what treatment she will be offering at the centre here. There will be a stall selling ceramics, jewellery and glass products too.


Garden 6...... Pear Tree Cottage, 45 Glynn Road, Peacehaven BN10 7SH

Sue Vallier will be opening her garden for the 2019 trail, more details to follow




Garden 7...... 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 8......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 9...... 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.


Garden 10...... Quince Cottage, Sloe Lane, Alfriston, BN26 5UT

Aileen Rhodes is opening her award winning BBC Surrey/Sussex Dig It Garden. The listed Georgian cottage with south-facing flint walled gardens has views towards Windover Hill and Lullington Church with raised vegetable beds, naturalistic herbaceous border, dwarf quince tree, cordon fruit espaliered plum, fan trained fig, clematis, soft fruit and vines. Refreshments will be served too!

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.

Richard Jackson, has very generously agreed to sponsor the trail for the 4th year in 2019!

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."

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 £65000 has now been raised by Geoff's Driftwood Fundraising Group since 2012!
Read all about the 2018 trail here.

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 £65000 of that.

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