Last updated 1st September 2019
£16,232 raised to date for local charities.

It has been decided not to hold a Mayor's Trail in 2020. Any interested garden owners could join the
Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail in July.

Below the Mayor opens the trail at Driftwood,
The 2019 trail has raised 1614 and raffle winners listed below, thank you to all who visited the 7 gardens.

The raffle has now been drawn and the winners are as follows:
1st prize of £100 gardening voucher, Mike Best, left.
2nd prize of 2 * £25 vouchers to spend in Pomegranate, Rosa Botterill, centre.
3rd prize of a bottle of bubbly, Viv and Dave Kemp, right.

Great coverage in Sussex Express on 14th June.

The trail was held on a cool but dry day and many enjoyed the refreshments on hand in the 3 gardens serving tea, left in Driftwood. The Sussex Wildlife Trust involvement at 36 Kedale Rd certainly went well with many enjoying the activities there, releasing the moth trap shown right.

The Downs Syndrome Development Trust stand at 71 Firle Rd, right and Youth Counselling Trust at Burford on left.

2019 was the eighth 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. Income from the trails has now totalled over £14000. 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.

A lovely piece appeared in Sussex Express on 7th June!

There is a special treat on the trail this year as garden 5 has teamed up with the Sussex Wildlife Trust, click the link below garden 5 to see the activities taking place there.

On 1st June all garden owners met up with Cllr Adil and her consort, Jean Cash at Driftwood to prepare for the event. Back row, Chris Kilsby, Geoff Stonebanks, Steve Machan. 4 ladies standing, left to right, Veronica Smith, Susan Ariaudosmith, Clare Mayers, Sally Attrell. Seated Cllr Adil and Jean Cash. Only Sally-Mae Joseph was unable to attend.

Cllr. Nazish Adil was elected Mayor for the mayoral year 2019/2020 and details of her nominated charities are below.

A map of the 7 gardens on the trail can be viewed and printed HERE and a copy of the brochure HERE .

Please click on the logos to read more about the 2 charities selected by the Mayor for her year in office.

The Youth Counselling Project will have a stand in Garden 2 and Downs Syndrome Development Trust in Garden 6.
Great coverage in the June issue of Seaford Scene, with garden 5 on the cover.

1. 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.

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. Lavender Cottage, Steyne Rd, Seaford BN25 1QH

Steve and Christina are opening their flint walled front garden with cottage, coastal and kitchen gardens. The back garden has terraced bank planted up with trees, shrubs and lavenders. Climb the steps up to the balcony and enjoy the iconic view of Seaford Head. All the rockeries and gardens contain varied planting at different times of the year. Parking available at Timber Requirements adjacent to Lavender Cottage.

4. 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.

5. 36 Kedale Road, BN25 2BU

After last opening in 2015 Clare Mayers will be opening her wonderful wildlife garden again this year in conjunction with Sussex Wildlife Trust. Come and find out all about the wonderful creatures that live in Clare's beautiful garden and learn how you can attract more wildlife to your garden. There will be various wildlife events throughout the day. We'll be opening a moth trap in the morning, going on bug safaris, making bee hotels and much more. Full details of Clare's garden events can be found on the Sussex Wildlife Trust website.

This garden is opening in partnership with the Sussex Wildlife Trust, as such there will be no entrance fee, just a request for donations, monies from which WILL go the the Mayor's charities. 6 tickets will not be on sale here but can be bought in any of the other 6 gardens.
Click HERE for details of all the activities taking place during the day!

6. 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.

7. 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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