Last updated Saturday 2nd December 2017

The 2018 trail will take place on Sunday 10th June.

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 Stonebanks 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 confirmed gardens taking part in 2018. More will be added as they sign up.

GARDENS OPENING IN 2018.
1. "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.

2. 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.

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. 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!

5. 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.

6. 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.

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