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LAST UPDATED Tuesday 10th October 2017

The 2017 trail has now taken place! Thank you so much to all those who braved the weather on Saturday and those who enjoyed the sunshine on Sunday.

Trail opened by Macmillan's Director of Volunteering, Joelle Leader in garden 23 at 11am on 29th.

All the money is now in and the trail was the most successful we have ever had! It raised over £9000 for the Horizon Centre which is incredible considering the poor weather on the Saturday. Last year we had 1500 individual garden visits and this year over 2500 individual garden visits.

On hearing the news, Christine Walkden said "You have always done well at raising money so many congratulations. Just keep up the great work and keep making the garden look great. Best wishes Christine."

Great plug on BBC Radio Sussex Dig It Extra on Friday 28th, listen Here.

The Horizon Centre itself was open on Saturday 29th only.

The opening ceremony took place at Driftwood at 11am on the 29th and Joelle Leader, Director of Volunteering for Macmillan Cancer Support, officiated along with Mayor of Seaford, Cllr Linda Wallraven.
Unfortunately the weather was not on our side and it rained most of the afternoon. Here's hoping for better weather on Sunday.

Look out for a well known face from a current Channel 4 popular reality Tv show in Garden 1 who is opening their garden this year!

We regret that 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.

Very proudly sponsored in 2017 by Garden Media Guild's 2015 award winning web site.

Coastal Garden Trail

Christine Walkden has generously agreed to be our patron again in 2017.Entry £2 per garden or £6 for a day ticket on Saturday and £6 on Sunday.

The new Macmillan Horizon Cancer Centre opened in Brighton in late 2016. Monies raised from this trail will support Macmillan in it's operation.


Gardens opening on 29th & 30th July 2017. Please check each garden as very few are only open on either Saturday or Sunday!

(Including Ovingdean, Rottingdean & Saltdean)

Garden 1...... 70 Dale View, Hangleton Brighton,

Tony and Christopher have been doing an almost complete re-landscape of their garden over the last couple of years. Chris is a familiar face from the popular Channel 4 reality show Gogglebox! Having committed to the trail, has given them renewed vigour to get it finished asap! They've just finished a second decked area in front of the summer house and are in the process of creating new raised sleeper beds around it. Go and visit to see the finished product. They will be serving tea and cakes and selling homegrown plants too!

Garden 2...... Bramble Cottage Retirement Home, 18 Carden Avenue, Brighton,

Karina Lewis and her team at Bramble Cottage will be opening the large gardens at the retirement home for visitors to wander through and admire the planting again in 2017. Two beautiful ponds, one at the front surrounded by lush planting and one at the rear on the sloping lawn. Hanging baskets on the rear patio. Home-made tea and cake will be served to visitors as well. It is hoped there will be cuttings for sale and a selection of books.

Garden 3...... 23 East Drive, Brighton

Walk through the rose covered arch where Gill Palmer will be serving tea and cakes on two lawns surrounded by well stocked borders with a cottage style theme. A shrubbery and water feature add ambience to this spacious garden with places to sit, relax and unwind, not to mention the gorgeous art they will be selling too with a percentage to Macmillan! There is an addition this year of a wooden Playhouse and slide in memory of Grandad Peter, Gill's beloved husband who passed away last year.

Garden 4...... 26 South Avenue, Brighton

Sarah and Martin have decided to open their garden again after a year off and say "please come and visit our sunny town garden. We have developed the garden gradually over the last 15 years learning form courses and other gardens to add new features. There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy a cup of tea and piece of cake.

Garden 5...... Macmillan Horizon Centre, Bristol Gate,
Brighton, BN2 5BD

This is the first year that the new centre has been able to open for the trail. Centre manager, Geoff Brown, has agreed to open up from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday 29th July only, so visitors can take a look at what their donations in previous years have helped build. A member of his team will be on hand and donation buckets on display. The coffee shop will be open and visitors pay by donation too! There is a very small garden area and an amazing living roof to be seen!

Garden 6......Shepherds, 1 Martyns Close , Ovingdean BN2 7BU

Fiona and Terry King will be opening their small garden for the very first time. 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 7......Lavender Cottage, 7 Greenways Corner, Ovingdean BN2 7BQ

Lavender Cottage is situated on the corner of the Ovingdean road, near the church in Ovingdean. The garden is quite wild and made up of four small inter-linking garden rooms with different themes. The garden is styled in the historic traditions of cottage gardens. The garden`s main strength is it`s mature herb garden. This is a good garden to see for gardeners on a budget who want plenty of ideas.

Garden 8......12 Ainsworth Av, Ovingdean

Jane Curtis's small coastal garden was begun in 2014 and is still developing. Pergola, arches and arbor strategically positioned to provide privacy and a choice of places to sit with different aspects, even a glimpse of the sea. Mixed planting, mostly new but several mature trees, incl a large walnut that creates a focal point.

Garden 9......Skyscape, 46 Ainsworth Av, Ovingdean

Lorna and John Davies will be opening their gorgeous, south facing garden, located behind an amazing newly built house with terraced views across the Downs to the sea. Enjoy home made tea and cakes with views to die for along with craft items and plants for sale.

Garden 10...... 112 Lustrells Crescent, Saltdean,

Louise Wilson gives treatments at the new Horizon Centre in Brighton and has decided to open up her newly developing, sensory garden for visitors to see again in 2017. See what treatment she will be offering at the centre here.

Garden 11...... 2 Coombe Vale, Saltdean,

Ethel Trigg and Alex Thomas's garden is quite large and hugs the bungalow. 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. Tea and cake and craft items for sale.

Plant Sale here, Cosmos, Calendula (Marigolds), Hollyhocks, Moneymaker Tomato, California Wonder Capsicum (Sweet Peppers), and Basil. All £1 per pot for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Garden 12...... 144 Rodmell Avenue, Saltdean,

Sue & Ray Warner will be opening their garden again in 2017. They have landscaped their fabulous garden in Saltdean to take on the effect of a jungle. Visitors can follow the winding path through the jungle, and take tea in the clearing or check out the tree root throne.


Garden 13......Boxworth, 21 Tor Rd, Peacehaven BN10 7SX

Gerard and Duncan open their garden this year after a years break. A developing garden with borders of annuals, perennials and summer bedding plants. Various shrubs surround a patio area and raised central bed. In the lower part of the garden through the pergola, is the growing and working area. Here you will find cordon apple trees and various other fruit bushes, raised beds, flowers for cutting including dahlias. In the greenhouse is a display of potted begonias and scented geraniums. Teas, coffees and home made cakes will be available for purchase.

Garden 14...... Tor Cottage, 8 Tor Rd, Peacehaven
BN10 7SX

Julie & Ron's Tor Cottage in Peacehaven. The garden has a feeling of space with trees and shrubs around the perimiter. Seating will be in both sunshine and shade with space to relax with tea and cake and enjoy the ambience. View the pots & tubs bursting with colour or sit on the raised pond and feed the koi. There are items of mosaic and artworks, handcrafted by Julie to see and enjoy along with lots of plants for sale!

Garden 15......Pear Tree Cottage, 45 Glynn Road, Peacehaven BN10 7SH

Sue & Darren Vallier will be opening their garden for the first time this year. It's a peaceful cottage garden with attention to plants that encourage wildlife. The garden is divided into different areas, lawn with borders, a decked area with pond containing koi and gold fish, a wild life pool, vegetable plot and a shaded garden overhung by trees. There will be plenty of seating in the sun and shade, as well as some undercover. Hopefully, some plants and some artwork for sale too as well as teas, homemade cakes and scones.

Garden 16...... 1 Downs Walk, Peacehaven BN10 7SN

Babs and Cyril Schultz will be opening their stunning garden on the trail this summer. A beautiful garden, lovingly created over many years by them both. Full of gorgeous summer plants and stunning pond! This is their second time for the Macmillan Trail.

Garden 17......20 Piddinghoe Av, Peacehaven BN10 8PF

Alison and Dave Standing will be opening their small but pretty cottage garden which has different seating areas. Visitors are made very welcome in a relaxing atmosphere! Teas served in the garden as well!

Garden 18......8 Bayview Road, Peacehaven
BN10 8QE

Rose and Roy Doyle have decided to open their lovely small garden for the first time. See a well maintained garden with lots of fruit growing, a peach tree in the greenhouse and well maintained flower beds. Teas and home made cakes served in the garden or conservatory if wet!


Garden 19......20 Newfield Rd, Newhaven,
BN9 9ND.

Carole Buchan is planning on opening her garden again this year. A tranquil west-facing garden lushly planted with cottage garden flowers in shades of blue, grey and white.

Garden 20...... 5 Old Coastguard Cottages, Geneva Rd, Newhaven,
BN9 9ND.

Gill Weaver will be opening her beautiful coastal garden again in 2017 for these 2 dates only. Amazing garden sloping away from the house with steep steps and narrow paths.


Garden 21...... Longthatch, The Street, Rodmell

Myra Lynn will be opening her beautiful cottage garden in the centre of the village . A peaceful oasis with lots of places to sit and enjoy the garden while eating tea and cake!

Garden 22...... Little Acre, Swanborough Drove, Swanborough

Pam & Michael Parrish will be opening their beautiful lawned garden with extensive views out across the South Downs. A haven for wildlife with a meadow at the bottom of the garden. Lovely beds close to the house! Enjoy tea and cakes with the gorgeous views! Judi Miles will be selling her home-made jams and marmalades in aid of Macmillan too!


Garden 23...... 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 , featured on BBC Gardeners' World last Autumn, was a finalist in BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Garden of the Year 2016 and was seen on Good Morning Britain in 2014 and was listed as one of the top 25 gardens to see in Sussex in a list published by Sussex Life last year. 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 24......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 25...... Lavender Cottage, Seaford BN25 1QH

Steve and Christina are opening their flint walled front garden with cottage, coastal and kitchen gardens and plenty of places to enjoy a cream tea. 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. Enjoy a cream tea around the pond.

Garden 26...... 27 Alfriston Park, Seaford BN25 3LS

Sally Attrell is opening her delightful garden for the 2017 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. 4 years in the making and delicious tea and cake served on vintage china.

Garden 27...... Cupani garden, 8 Sandgate Close, Seaford BN25 3LL

A green and tranquil haven with a delightful mix of trees, shrubs and perennial borders in different themed blocks. Courtyard garden, gazebo, summer house, water features, swet pea arches and huge range of plants in all seasons. Plenty of places in sun or shade, to sit and enjoy delicious afternoon tea. Check out their garden website here

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.

On the 22nd July, many of the garden owners got together to swop notes in readiness for the event. The tea party took place at the Seaford Community Garden, one of those opening up for the trail.

There was a great article on the trail in Sussex Express on the 28th July too.

There was a great article on the trail in The Argus on the 13th July too.

Trail organiser, Geoff Stonebanks, was named Fundraiser of the Year by More Radio for 2016. He was nominated, shortlisted and won the award in November 2016 and the news made the front page of the local paper on 2nd December.

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.

Below, Geoff Stonebanks presents Sara Coxhill, from Macmillan, with the cheque for £8000, raised during 2016. The final amount was actually for £8400.

Over £40000 has now been raised by Geoff's Driftwood Fundraising Group since 2012!
Read all about the 2016 trail here.

On 28th September, 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 £40000 of that.

Please contact Geoff Stonebanks, the organiser or Thomas Lay at Macmillan, for more information on the event.