Last updated Friday 16th March 2018
Over 10,000 raised to date for local charities.

The 2018 trail will take place on Sunday 10th June. When the new Mayor has been elected, on 10th May, they will decide the charities we will be raising money for this summer, details will be posted once known.

Sincere thanks must go to Steve and Sava from Pomegrante who will be sponsoring the event again in 2018.

Thank must also go to Juliet Sargeant, TV Presenter, Garden designer and Chelsea Gold medallist, who has so generously agreed to give up her time to officially open the trail at Driftwood, along with the Mayor of Seaford. Read more of Juliet on her website by clicking the image.
(courtesy Maria Scard Photography)
Come and meet Juliet, fresh from her judging on Channel 4's "Village of the Year". Lovely comment from Juliet on Twitter below image.

Juliet's gardens are inspired by the people that use them. She was a medical doctor before becoming a garden designer. Juliet shares her passion for people and landscape by teaching, writing and broadcasting about anything to do with gardens, landscape and the ways that they can improve our lives.

Trail organiser, Geoff Stonebanks, was extremely honoured and somewhat taken aback, to receive an invitation from the Lord Lieutenant's office, for his name to be put forward to attend one of The Queen's Royal Garden Parties this year! He will be attending Buckingham Palace with his Mother on the 5th June. It transpires he was nominated for his services to the community, this trail being part of that work.

2018 will be the seventh year that a Mayor's Open Garden event has taken place in Seaford. There were 2 just gardens open for the first event in 2011 and then Geoff set up a trail of 5 in 2012 due to the success of the original event. In 2013, 9 gardens opened and raised over 2000 for Waifs and Strays and Seaford Downs Syndrome and Special Needs Support Group. In 2014 we raised 2337. 2015 saw us raise 1558, 2016 we raised 2520 and in 2017 an amazing 2040, totalling over 10000 to date. Since 2012, the Town Council now support the event each year and the Mayor of Seaford has the option to choose to raise money for their nominated local charities each year through the trail, failing that, the Town Council nominate a local charity.

In 2012 we raised over 1000 on a very wet day for Linda Wallraven's 2 charities, St James's Trust and Seaford Downs Syndrome and Special Needs Support Group.

Full details of the June 2017 event can be seen HERE along with the gardens that opened.

Here are the gardens taking part in 2018.

1. 14 Lullington Close, Seaford, BN25 4JH

Sheila & David Thomas will be opening up their garden which nestles at the bottom of Seaford Head with a 'wisteria walk' made from chestnut logs. The garden is quite open and has built in entertainment areas with plenty of sitting areas to relax, listen and watch, during the day and night. Look for the steps up to The Downs.

2. "Burford", Cuckmere Road, BN25 4DE

Chris Kilsby has very kindly offered to open up his garden again for the trail, having first opened for Seaford in Bloom in 2013. He describes his garden as having a symmetrical layout with well defined beds that each have a week or two of glory. The beds are not expected to look good the whole time, simple topiary and hedging provide interest when perennials are not in season. The plants used are traditional with plenty of box, roses, lavender and yew.

3. Seaford Community Garden, Crouch Gardens, East St.

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.

4. Cosy Cottage, 69 Firle Road, BN25 2JA

Carol & Ernie Arnold will be joining the trail again for 2018. Their beautiful garden at Cosy Cottage has lots to offer, ranging from a beautiful terrace with pots, sloping down to a woodland,view with narrow paths around ponds and small stream. They will serve cold drinks if hot with lots of space for sitting down. Also selling plants and some gardening equipment.

5. 71 Firle Road, Seaford, BN25 2JA

Landscaped in classical Italianate style, Roman Vane's garden is terraced from the back of the house and three small ponds lead to a folly. A gently inclined semi-circular lawn edged with herbaceous borders drops down to a wild area featuring mature silver birches, with chickens in a run on one side and vegetables, grown from seed in a large greenhouse, in raised beds on the other. Tea and cake served in the garden and art studio open for visitors to peruse!

6. No. 9 Kingsmead, Seaford BN25 2EU

Mary & David Holland are planning to open their beautiful courtyard garden again in 2018 after a break of 2 years. Previous visitors will see many new additions to this small but imaginitive town garden!

7. 30 Hawth Park Road, Bishopstone, BN25 2RF

Helen Lawley will be opening her garden for the very first time in 2018. Helen is a keen vegetable gardener and the garden has a large home produce area for fruit and vegetables. The lawn leads alongside a small pond and flower boarder to the terrace with panoramic coastal views towards Newhaven and Tidemills with plenty of seating to enjoy homemade refreshments. A coastal garden and courtyard garden area are nestled in the front garden. These pictures taken on a sunny November day!

8. 39 Marine Drive, Bishopstone, BN25 2RU

Lee Highley will be opening his stunning garden overlooking Newhaven harbour for the very first last year. The garden which has a wide view of Tide Mills & Newhaven harbour, consists of a beach garden, colourful shrubs, lots of pots. a vegetable patch, several seating areas and wild orchids growing in the turf. He will be selling his own driftwood and shell pieces.

9. Driftwood, 4 Marine Drive, Bishopstone, BN25 2RS
Geoff Stonebanks's garden, Driftwood , featured on BBC Gardeners' World in September 2016. It was a finalist in the Gardeners' World Magazine Garden of the Year Award 2016 too. In 2014 it was seen on Good Morning Britain . 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. In 2015, TV gardener, Christine Walkden visited.

It has also featured in the Sunday Telegraph in 2015, Mail On Sunday and Sussex Life in 2013 and was winner of Garden News Best Small Garden and finalist in the Daily Mail National Garden Competition both in 2012. As usual, visitors can see the beach garden with jetty, complete with small rowing dinghy, coastal groynes and lobster pots.There will be tables and chairs set out for visitors to enjoy their tea and cake with views of the sea or at the back in amongst the sumptuous planting. Geoff writes a monthly piece in Garden News magazine and you can read them all here. A monthly blog is also written for Garden Media Guild's award winning garden website, Richard Jackson's Garden.

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