SIGNIFICANT RECOGNITION HIGHLIGHTS TO DATE.

ALL OTHER RECOGNITION IN DATE ORDER BELOW
October 2017

On 7th October a whole page featured in the Argus newspaper that I had been nominated for their Community Stars Awards for 2017.

August 2017

In June 2016 the garden was shot for Coast magazine. The fabulous 8-page feature duly appeared in the 2017 August issue. We were mentioned on the cover too! Vintage tea by the sea! Click cover to read.

July 2017

In July 2017 the garden was listed on the Great British Gardens website as their smallest garden listed! Not bad eh? Click logo to view!

June 2017

In June 2017 I was amazed to receive an e mail from TripAdvisor, telling me I had been awarded a "Certificate of Excellence" for sustained excellent feedback!

April 2017

Referenced in Small Spaces Solutions feature in Gardeners' World magazine in April 2017 and image included on the double page announcing the 2017 Garden of the Year Competition.

Read full feature here.
February 2017

Modern Gardens Magazine had a competition to show "Happy Places" and Driftwood was one of the winners in the February issue.

January 2017

Sussex Life's January issue featured a list of the "influential personalities in the Sussex gardening world" and I was among them!

December 2016

This month I received my copy of the newly published Best In Sussex Guide, produced by Best of England. Driftwood is listed on page 124 and on their web site too, viewed here.

December 2016

Gardeners' World Magazine invited Driftwood to be part of their 2 for 1 card scheme again in in 2017, listing the garden in the hand book, published in May 2017, and posting on the web site.


December 2016

Extremely pleased to receive a certificate from BBC Sussex for my nomination in the 2016 Community Heroes Awards in the "Fundraising" Category.

November 2016

On 4th November 2016, I received a letter from More Radio to confirm I had been nominated and subsequently shortlisted for the Fundraiser of the Year Award. Then, at the More Radio Awards Eastbourne, which recognise everything from flourishing businesses, true community spirit, sporting brilliance and individuals with a heart of gold, I was named the winner of the Fundraiser of the year! On 2nd December if made the fron page of Seaford Herald too!

November 2016

The garden has been featured in the Macmillan 2017 calendar for the month of August!


October 2016

The garden was confirmed as the runner up in the Gardeners' World Magazine Garden of the Year Competition.


There were some lovely quotes from the judges too!

"I really like the way he's used the wider landscape."
Adam Frost, RHS Gold Medal winning designer and Gardeners' World presenter.

"He has really clever planting with lots of bedding, which is a great idea when you're gardening by the sea. Martin Fish, gardening writer, TV and radio presenter.

August 2016

The garden was filmed for the BBC2 Gardeners' World programme on 25th August for broadcast on 23rd September.


31st August 2016

Great feature on the garden in the Brighton Argus about feedback on Trip Advisor


28th August 2016

I was amazed to learn the Sunday Telegraph were to print the story about the garden in the main newspaper on page 17. It had come about following a piece in the Brighton Argus earlier in August!



August 2016

Garden confirmed to be in final selection for the Gardeners' World Garden of the Year for Small Space.
The garden will be professionally shot during August and final decision made on winning garden later in the year.


July 2016

Great feature on coastal gardens in national lifestyle magazine Period Homes & Interiors July issue, with the main garden featured being Driftwood. Courtesy Editor, Period Homes & Interiors.


June 2016

Coast Magazine, the national lifestyle magazine for everything by the coast, commissioned a feature on Driftwood which was shot on 27th June 2016 for publication in the Summer of 2017. Great day with photographer Paul Viant and journalist Alex Reece who said at the end of the day, Thank you! It was a real pleasure to meet you all and to see your garden today, which is a truly uplifting and inspiring place, thanks again for a great shoot and the incredible cake!


June 2016

Following on again from the win of 2 tickets to Chelsea from M & G Investments, The RHS posted the winners on their facebook page along with the winners tips.


May 2016

Following on from the win of 2 tickets to Chelsea from M & G Investments, they told me my picture had creative stand-out and that they were using it on posters at both Victoria and Waterloo stations in London in the run up to the Chelsea Flower Show.


April 2016

The new gardening app, Garden Tags, featured me as their spotlight gardener in their weekly newsletter on 30th April.


April 2016

I was amazed to find out I had won 2 tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show, for submitting a picture of the beach garden to M&G Investments.


April 2016

This month, Macmillan Cancer Support and The National Gardens Scheme, published a brochure celebrating 30 years of "Growing Together". There was a case study from Driftwood on page 18.


April 2016

On 16th April we were invited to a celebration of Unsung Heroes. 52 local community volunteers invited to celebrate the work of people who volunteer their services for the good of the community at the 2016 Unsung Heroes Awards held at Newhaven Fort on the 16th April. This year, the event included representatives from the charities and voluntary organisations working locally that have been nominated to Ruth O'Keefe MBE, Chair of the District Council, as part of her theme for the civic year 2015 and 2016 Charities and Voluntary Organisations of the Lewes District as well as individual Unsung Heroes nominated d by her Lewes District Councillors. We were invited for the fundraising we do for Macmillan Cancer Support through Driftwood Fundraising Group.


February 2016

Richard Jackson's Garden generously agreed to supply Driftwood with all the Flower Power needed to feed the garden this summer. A blog was posted on their website acknowledging this.


January 2016

In good company this month as I was invited by new garden blog, Garden Tags, to write a blog, along with Christine Walkden and Michael Perry. Mine, entitled "Garden Connections Can Spark A Growing Revolution" can be read by clicking the image below.


January 2016: Customer Trial Programme for Thompson & Morgan

Invited for 4th year by Thompson & Morgan to continue as part of their customer trials programme. New and current products delivered to the garden for trial with written feedback provided at the end of the season! Check out the products received here . Their Product Development Manager, Michael Perry, has visited to see the garden for himself!

January 2016

Gardeners' World Magazine invited Driftwood to be part of their 2 for 1 card scheme in 2016, listing the garden in the hand book, published in May 2016, and posting on the web site.


December 2015

BBC SE Today chose to use pictures of the garden that I had posted on weather watchers to be the backdrop for all their weather broadcasts on Monday 14th December. Click the image to see the actual footage.


December 2015

I was invited to write an ongoing monthly blog for Richard Jackson's website which was the Garden Media Guild's winner of the "Website of the Year 2015".


November 2015

The garden has been featured in the Perennial 2016 calendar for the month of August!


October 5th 2015

Centre-fold spread in the Argus on the 5th October with a piece about charity fundraising, which can be read online too.


September 18th 2015

The garden was voted by the public as their favourite town venue in the Artwave Festival "Favourites" competition. We collected the certificate along with favourite artist, Keith petitt and favourite rural venue Artists and an Orchard.


September 6th 2015

Garden celebrated it's 100th opening and made the front page of the South Coast Leader.


August 2015: Gardens To Visit 2016
Approved by the County Organiser for inclusion in the 2016 NGS Gardens To Visit as a sole entry. This image of the garden features in the book too!
August 2015

Amazing feature appeared in Sunday Telegraph Living Magazine on the 23rd August and posted on line on 1st September here.



August 2015

Amazing blog written by Telegraph journalist and blogger Jean Vernon on the 19th August following her visit to the garden.


2015: Professional Photo Shoots

Driftwood was visited by Jonathan Need on 10th July who last shot the garden in 2013. He was very successful in getting the garden in Garden Answers Magazine and 100 Idees Jardin Magazine in France in 2014.

June 2015
Great feature appeared in Daily Mail Weekend Magazine on the 27th June and also Mail Online.
As tweeted by the journalist herself
2015: Professional Photo Shoots

Driftwood was visited by very well known garden photographer, Marcus Harpur on 4th & 5th June and is hoping to get the images published over the next 18 months or so!

May 2015
Listed as one of 25 "Secret Gardens" to see in Sussex in the May issue of Sussex Life Magazine. Listed as number 9 in the list.
April 2015
Presented with Seaford Town Council Mayors Award for charity fundraising in the town on the 28th April.
January 2015: Customer Trial Programme for Thompson & Morgan

Invited for 3rd year by Thompson & Morgan to continue as part of their customer trials programme. New and current products delivered to the garden for trial with written feedback provided at the end of the season! Check out the products received here . Their Product Development Manager, Michael Perry, has visited to see the garden for himself!

December 2014

Mac News, the quarterly magazine from Macmillan Cancer Support, published in December 2014, listed 6 "Amazing Fundraisers" and Geoff Stonebanks was one of them, read the piece here .
November 2014

Podcast published on iTunes on my gardening experiences! You can launch and download the podcast on iTunes here or listen on line here
October 2014
Weekly gardening slot on Latest Homes Live TV Show in Brighton
Invited by the Producer of Latest Homes Live on Latest Tv to have a weekly slot about gardening on the show! This ran from October to December 2014. Read the full details here .
7th October 2014

Chosen by renowned TV production company for filming a video to aid commissioning of a new programme on BBC 2 in 2015. They interviewed me about my passion for gardening, how the garden has been created and developed and how I might feel about designing a garden for others! Watch this space in 2015!
August 2014: The Yellow Book 2015
Approved by the County Organiser for inclusion in the 2015 Yellow Book as a sole entry.
August 2014
Visited by garden photographer, Maayke de Ridder, who is working with Noel Kingsbury on a new book on small gardens. She shot the front garden and hopes it will be featured in the book when published in 2016! Watch this space!
August 2014
Made the front cover and feature inside the National Federation of Pensioners magazine which has a huge circulation! Read the article here
14th July 2014
Garden used as the backdrop on national UK television for live TV broadcasts by Good Morning Britain's weather girl, Laura Tobin, with live interviews with me during the programme.
Read the full details here with all the photos and gossip from the morning!
2nd June 2014
Made the shortlist and interviewed for the new garden programme with Alan Titchmarsh. Didn't get to next stage unfortunately
31st May 2014: Daily Mail Weekend Magazine
In coverage of the launch of the 2014 Garden Competition the article says "Now pick up some prize-winning tips. Some former finalists welcome visitors to their gardens over the summer - perfect if you want to draw inspiration from the experts!"
Driftwood is one of 6 listed on the right of the 3rd page!
May 2014: Garden Answers Magazine
4 page feature in the special Chelsea Flower Show edition of the magazine on pages 54-57 with great editorial comment and image on contents page. Click each of the 5 images to read detail.

May 2014: Sussex Life Magazine
List of 25 must see Sussex gardens with Driftwood listed as number 10! A great mention in the editorial of the magazine too!
February - April Issue 2014: French Gardening Magazine "100 Idees Jardin "
"Un petit brin de fantasie" - A Little Bit Of Whimsy!
Discovered in June there had been a 4 page feature on the garden in a french magazine! Click each of the 4 images to read detail. Images taken last summer and sold by photographer to an agency who got them published. You can read the translation here .
April 2014: etc Magazine
Featured garden in the April issue of the magazine, with mention on front cover.

January 2014: Customer Trial Programme for Thompson & Morgan

Invited again by Thompson & Morgan to continue as part of their customer trials programme. This involves receiving new and exclusive varieties of plants not yet seen by the public to grow to the best of my ability in the garden/containers. I have provided written feedback and pictures which will be used on their website and catalogues and other sales literature. Their Product Development Manager, Michael Perry, has visited to see the garden for himself!

December 2013: Finalist in Community Heroes Awards

In December I was invited to a glittering awards ceremony and was awarded this certificate for being a finalist in the BBC Community Heroes Awards 2013 for fundraising efforts, after raising over 32000 for various charities in the last 4 years. Amazing!

There were 3 radio interviews on BBC Sussex with Allison Ferns on the 11th December here . One with Neil Pringle on the BBC Sussex Breakfast Show on Wednesday 4th December, here and one with Joe Talbot, on Dig It, here, which was broadcast on Sunday 17th November.

2013: Great Plug on BBC Radio Sussex's Dig It Programme, September 2013

Click the BBC Sussex logo below to hear the fabulous plug for the garden web site by Joe Talbot and Steve Bradley on BBC Radio Sussex's Dig It on Sunday 1st September!

2013: Professional Photo Shoots

Driftwood has been visited by 3 professional photographers in 2013 who make their living from selling their images! Watch out for features on the garden in national magazines in 2014, both at home and abroad!

August 2013: The Yellow Book 2014
Approved by the County Organiser for inclusion in the 2014 Yellow Book as a sole entry, not member of a group!
July 2013: Featured Garden in Sussex Life Magazine


Driftwood was the featured garden in the July issue of Sussex Life Magazine, with a great article by Leigh Clapp.

June 2013: Mail Plus Weekend Magazine 360 Panorama imagery.


Chosen as the 1st garden to launch 360 Panorama imagery of exquisite gardens for Weekend Magazine on line as part of Mail Plus! Click on image to see the 360 Panorama of the garden! Courtesy, photographer Drew Gardener.

23rd June 2013: Featured Garden in The Mail On Sunday


Martyn Cox, gardening journalist for the Mail On Sunday visited on Friday 7th June with photographer for a photo shoot and interview, see the published article by clicking the logo!

March/April 2013: Approached by both ITV & BBC for possible filming.

The producer of "Love Your Garden" with Alan Titchmarsh came to see the garden hoping to use it in a programme this summer. Outline TV productions visited and were considering using it for a wildlife programme for BBC 1 this summer as well!

February 2013: Recognised in NGS Sussex County Booklet

Alongside the group entry in the Sussex County Booklet 2013, Driftwood is acknowledged for having won the 2 national awards in 2012. Click cover to see the detail.

January 2013: Customer Trial Programme for Thompson & Morgan

Invited by Thompson & Morgan to join their, invitation only, customer trials programme. This involved receiving new and exclusive varieties of plants not yet seen by the public to grow to the best of my ability in the garden/containers. I have provided written feedback and pictures which will be used on their website and catalogues and other sales literature. Their Product Development Manager, Michael Perry, visited to see the garden for himself!

November 2012: Monthly Column In Garden News

Invited by the Editor of Garden News to submit a monthly piece of 400 words and pictures to the national gardening magazine about Driftwood garden. Click here to read them all.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012:
Garden News Gardener Of The Year Awards 2012

Winner Best Small Garden in this papers national awards for 2012.
Hundreds of entries, shortlisted to final 15 then judged the winner! Click here to learn more about the competition. Featured in paper 9th October 2012.

JULY 2012: Daily Mail National Garden Competition

One of 4 finalists across the UK, in this prestigious national competition, selected from over 1200 entries and honoured with a cast iron blue plaque.

Click here to learn more about the competition and click cover below to see the feature in Daily Mail Weekend Magazine published on August 4th.

JULY 2012: Sussex Life Magazine
Photo shoot of garden with Leigh Clapp for a full feature in Sussex Life in July 2013
JULY 2012: The Yellow Book 2013
Approved by the County Organiser for inclusion in the 2013 Yellow Book
MAY 2012: Sussex Society Magazine
See the great 2 page feature article in this issue!
Click on the left magazine cover to see page 1 and right magazine cover for page 2.
2nd May 2012: Community Service Award
Seen here receiving a community service award from Linda Wallraven, Mayor of Seaford, for raising over 7000 for local and national charities from opening the garden.
MARCH 2012: The Yellow Book
Photo of Driftwood garden in National Gardens Scheme Yellow Book on page 562, along with the 2 entries on pages 552 & 565.
September 2011: Viva Lewes Magazine
Article highly recommending a visit to the garden for Artwave
Click magazine cover to see article or view on media page in larger print.
23rd JULY 2011: THE INDEPENDENT MAGAZINE
Listed as a seaside garden to see in both the Independent Magazine and the I on Saturday.
Click magazine cover to see listing bottom right of article
BEST OPEN HOUSE 2010
As part of the Lewes District Artwave Festival, in August and September, visitors post in their votes for their favourite Open House. Our venue was based on 7 artists and sculptors displaying their work with the garden as it's backdrop and we were voted the Best Open House by our visitors, for the second year running out of over 90 venues, having had over 600 visitors.
1ST PRIZE: BEST BACK GARDEN 2010 IN SEAFORD
The garden was entered in the Competition in 2010 and was judged to be the best back garden by the 3 judges and awarded the Stephen Newberry cup. Left, presented with cup and certificate by Mayor of Seaford at the awards ceremony.
BEST OVERALL ENTRY IN SEAFORD 2010.
The judges also decided that the garden was the best overall entry in the competition for 2010 and awarded it the Jubilee Cup. Once again picture being presented with the cup and certificate by the Mayor of Seaford at the awards ceremony.
JULY 2010: INCLUSION IN 2011 YELLOW BOOK.
Approved by the County Organiser for inclusion in the 2011 Yellow Book for the National Gardens Scheme. See us on page 539.
BEST OPEN HOUSE 2009
As part of the Lewes District Artwave Festival, in August and September, visitors post in their votes for their favourite Open House. Our venue was based on 4 artists and sculptors displaying their work in the garden and we were voted the best Open House out of over 70 venues, having had over 200 visitors.
3RD PRIZE: BEST BACK GARDEN 2009 IN SEAFORD
The garden was entered in the competition for the first time in 2009 and was judged to have won 3rd prize in the best back garden section by the 3 judges. Shown here receiving the certificate from the Mayor of Seaford at the awards ceremony.