Reg charity: England and Wales (261017), Scotland (SC039907) and the Isle of Man (604).

Pictured above left, our Patron, Christine Walkden, Tom Carter (Macmillan) and organiser Geoff Stonebanks at 2015 opening. Beneath Geoff Stonebanks meeting HRH The Prince of Wales at a Macmillan reception in Buckingham Palace in 2018.
On right Macmillan Chief Executive, Lynda Thomas and Geoff at Horizon Centre in 2017.

LAST UPDATED Monday 3rd September 2018

All the monies are now in and we raised a staggering £7442.98 despite the bad weather conditions.

Thank you so much to all involved, garden openers, volunteers and most importantly visitors!

Great on line features in Sussex Express and Brighton & Hove Independent on Friday 27th July.

If you want to support Driftwood Fundraising Group raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support but cannot visit any of the gardens on the day, you can also donate via our Macmillan Just Giving page by clicking the sponsor me button below, this method allows you to GIFT AID the donation too. Alternatively, text the amount as shown on the left.
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Very proudly sponsored in 2018 by Garden Media Guild's award winning web site.

Coastal Garden Trail

TV Gardener, Christine Walkden is our patron again in 2018. Entry £2 per garden or £6 for a day ticket on Saturday and £6 on Sunday.

The new Macmillan Horizon Cancer Centre celebrated its 1st birthday and official launch on 22nd November 2017.


The opening ceremony at Driftwood on Saturday 28th with Jim Buttress, Maria Caulfield MP, Cllr Linda Wallraven Mayor of Seaford, Joelle Leader Director of Volunteering at Macmillan Cancer Support and trail organiser Geoff Stonebanks.

Below we can see the Mayor Brighton & Hove, Cllr Dee Simpson visiting 55 Roedean (left) and Dale View in Hangleton, (right). In the centre, the lovely Jim Buttress signing copies of his book at Driftwood.

7 brand new gardens for 2018.

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.

We've got 24 gardens lined up for 2018.
If you have any queries please contact
Geoff Stonebanks.


Jim Buttress is a renowned horticulturalist who has spent a lifetime in horticulture. Jim’s book "The People’s Gardener" is now on sale and is rapidly becoming a best seller. Seen on TV in the documentary The World Garden at Lullingstone and more recently as the popular judge in The Big Allotment Challenge. He continues presenting radio programmes, acting as a judge for the RHS and speaking at a variety of public and corporate events. He will be opening te trail at Driftwood at 11am on the 28th July. Read more about Jim here.

Jim will be signing copies of his new book, "The People's Gardener", between 11am and midday at Driftwood, garden 17, on the 28th July, following the opening ceremony of the garden trail. Pop along and say hello and get your own personal message in your signed copy.

On 21st July 14 of the 25 garden owners got together for a tea party at Lavender Cottage and were joined by Helen Poursain, SE Area Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support.

We had wonderful coverage in the July issues of Magnet and Sussex Living as you can see below!

The generous people of Sussex raised £3.7m to help fund the building of the Macmillan Horizon Centre, but more is still needed. The running costs of the centre are covered by Macmillan Cancer Support, and services provided by a team of skilled local volunteers. Macmillan is funded solely by donations and the running costs of the centre are over £650,000 per annum. All monies raised from this trail will support Macmillan in it's operation. The monies raised by Driftwood Fundraising Group, up until December 2017, has funded the centre's services for 5 weeks

The Seaford Sunshine Strummers Ukulele Band will be playing at garden 23 on the 29th! They will arrive at about 1.45pm and play two sessions: 2.00 to 2.45, then have a 30 minute break, followed by playing from 3.15 to 3.45. Time your visit accordingly!


(Including Woodingdean, 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. Visitors might recognise Chris who was a familiar face on 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...... 5 Glen Rise Close, Brighton BN1 5LQ.

Annelise is a professional gardener who is developing a challenging garden on heavy clay into a plantsman’s paradise with an emphasis on colour, late season perennials, choice tender plants, unusual annuals and wildlife friendly areas. The garden also features a pond brimming with dragonflies and frogs, a wildflower patch, three chickens and a handmade clay oven. Come and enjoy tea and homemade cakes surrounded by colourful containers.

Garden 3...... 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 the third year for visitors to wander through and admire the planting. 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 4...... Macmillan Horizon Centre, Bristol Gate,
Brighton, BN2 5BD

This is the second year that the new centre has been able to open for the trail. Centre manager, Geoff Brown, has agreed to open up both days, 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 5......55 Roedean Crescent, Brighton

Richard and Kevin's garden is going to open for the very first time this year to support Macmillan Cancer Support. Their garden is nestled into the South Downs with stunning views across Roedean Bottom up towards Woodingdean and down to the sea. You can enjoy tea and cake whilst you explore this peaceful oasis.

Garden 6......27 Balsdean Road, Woodingdean

Beryl & Alan Brown will be opening their garden for the very first time. Take home-made tea and cake in the garden or on the terrace outside the Summer house. You can even visit the secret garden down the side of the property! A long garden with established trees and shrubs and a sun trap in the afternoon.

Garden 7......Shepherds, 1 Martyns Close , Ovingdean

Fiona and Terry King will be opening their small garden again in 2018, they enjoyed it last year so are opening both days this year!. 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 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...... 144 Rodmell Avenue, Saltdean,

Sue & Ray Warner will be opening their garden again in 2018. 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 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 2018. See what treatment she will be offering at the centre here. There will be a stall selling ceramics, jewellery and glass products too.


Garden 11...... 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 12......Boxworth, 21 Tor Rd, Peacehaven BN10 7SX

Gerard and Duncan are planning to open their garden again. 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. There is a greenhouse, and a summer house with various displays. Teas, coffees and home made cakes will be available for purchase.

Garden 13...... 18 Bramber Close, Peacehaven, BN10 8DH

After a break of a year, Margaret Howland is opening her delightful garden in Bramber Close again. She says my garden is my sanctuary where I can loose a whole day. Over the years I have changed the design and moved plants and shrubs around giving me what the family call a pretty garden, with different areas to sit and enjoy the planting.

Garden 14......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 15...... 5 Old Coastguard Cottages, Geneva Rd, Newhaven, BN9 9ND.

Gill Weaver will be opening her beautiful coastal garden again in 2018 for these 2 dates only. Award winning garden, featured in Coast magazine July 2018. Steep terraces combining strong landscaping with lush planting and many found objects. Art, ceramics, plants, driftwood and up-cycled furniture on sale.


Garden 16...... Little Acre, Swanborough Drove, Swanborough

Pam & Michael Parrish are hoping to open 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 17...... 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 , has been featured on BBC Gardeners' World, was a finalist in BBC Gardeners' World Magazine's Garden of the Year 2016 and has been seen on Good Morning Britain and had a fabulous 8-page feature in Coast Magazine in 2017. 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 18 ...... 39 Marine Drive, Bishopstone,
BN25 2RU

Lee Highley will be opening his stunning garden overlooking Newhaven harbour. The garden has a wide view of Tide Mills & the harbour and 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.

Garden 19 ...... 30 Hawth Park Road Bishopstone, BN25 2RF

Helen Lawley is opening her garden for the very first time in 2018. She 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 border 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!

Garden 20 ...... 2 Barons Close, Seaford BN25 2TY

Diane Hicks is opening her beautiful cottage garden for the first time on the trail. It is packed with plants and a real treat. Tea and cake served in the garden or the large conservatory. Tombola too.

Garden 21 ......13 Bowden Rise, Seaford, BN25 2HZ

Paul & Lesley's garden is packed with a variety of plants to give lots of colour rather than a 'theme'. The pond has koi carp, waterfall, small bridge. Summerhouse, workshop, lots of seating for up to 35 people, various terraces. Some sculpture. Lots of interest. Easy access. Parking on drive for three cars. Ample parking Bowden Rise green. Serving teas, coffee and cake, selling plants plus a tombola and raffle. Dogs welcome.

Garden 22......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 23...... 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. Don't miss The Seaford Sunshine Strummers Ukulele Band playing here during the Sunday opening!

Garden 24...... 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

Garden 25...... Little Barn, 15 Hillside, East Dean BN20 0HE

Geoffrey Mantle will opening his wonderful hillside garden. A half acre, steep sloping garden, set on the South Downs with stunning views of the sea at Beachy Head and Birling Gap. It has three terraces with a wide range of plants including dwarf conifers, shrubs and bedding plants. There are also two greenhouses, a conservatory, a small vegetable garden based on raised beds, as well as two rockeries.

There is a a summerhouse and a sun room, so plenty of spaces to sit and admire the view! This is an outstandingly colorful garden developed by the former Vice Principal of Plumpton Agricultural College over the past 40 years. Teas available BUT NO TOILET FACILITIES AVAILABLE.

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.

In addition to the monies raised on the trail Geoff Stonebanks also raises money for Macmillan through income from private visits to his own garden, Driftwood throughout the Summer, through raffle of artist donated pieces linked to the Artwave Festival and proceeds from the sale of tea and cakes at many charity openings. Over £54000 raised to date!

In December 2017, trail organiser, Geoff Stonebanks, received an invitation from Buckingham Palace. His Royal Highness, Prince Charles invited him to a reception for Macmillan Cancer Support in January 2018. Macmillan said it was a thank you for him having made a significant difference to the charity and to those suffering with cancer! Read all about his experience visiting the Palace here.

It was an amazing evening for Geoff at Buckingham Palace, in January 2018, meeting His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, at a reception for Macmillan Cancer Support.

On 14th September 2017 he met up with Richard Jackson, who very generously agreed to sponsor the trail for the 3rd year in 2018!

On 19th October 2017 Geoff was invited to attend the Macmillan Executive Team Meeting in the Horizon Centre, Brighton. The Trustees and Board met with groups of volunteers and staff at the centre and heard direct from Geoff about his fundraising work with the charity, both the trail and other events in his own garden Driftwood. He can be seen here with Chief Executive of Macmillan, Lynda Thomas prior to the meeting.

Lovely comments from Sarah Coxhill, Senior Fundraising Manager, "Everyone was talking about the gardens and I actually think you've turned up some new business... You made some excellent and well needed points and we couldn't have gotten that across without you... Your continued work is, as always, outstanding and like I always say, your wider contribution to Macmillan is second to none!"

In 2017 we raised over £9000 on the trail and Driftwood Fundraising Group handed over £13148 to Macmillan last September.

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.

Over £54000 has now been raised by Geoff's Driftwood Fundraising Group since 2012!
Read all about the 2017 trail here.

In September 2016, 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 £54000 of that.

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