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Driftwood's last ever opening for the hospice was on 8th July 2014.
 St Wilfrids
2014 Opening.

In 2014, the garden featured in both a national gardening magazine, Garden Answers and etc Magazine. It was also listed as one of 25 glorious gardens to see in Sussex by Sussex Life Magazine .

In 2013 Driftwood Garden featured in The Mail on Sunday and was the featured garden in the July edition of Sussex Life Magazine.

In 2014 the garden was part of the Secret Garden Event and opened on Tuesday 8th July. Below you can see some of the visitors who came and enjoyed the garden!

2012 was the very first year that Driftwood, winner of the Garden News Gardener of the Year Awards: Best Small Garden 2012 and one of the 4 finalists in the Daily Mail National Garden Competition 2012 opened its gates for St Wilfrid's Hospice, so this will be it's 3rd year! In that time Driftwood alone has raised £1799 for St Wilfrid's. Click image on right to take you to the Driftwood Garden web site.

Fabulous homemade sweet and savoury cakes, tea and coffee are all served on vintage china, on trays, in the garden at the front (right & below left), over looking the sea, or in the back (left), amongst the sumptuous planting.

Check out all the fare on offer here.

Throughout the day there will be garden sculpture for sale by Paul Cox, and Su Cloud and plant supports by Chris Burchell Collins with driftwood and shell pieces by Lee Highley. James Pilston will also be selling his work including mosaic tables as well as plants and vintage china.

2013 Opening.

Thanks so much to all 226 visitors that came to the garden and helped Driftwood raise £1231 for St Wilfrid's Hospice. The figure quoted by Kara below included Debbie's incredible plant sales at Sunningdale Close. St Wilfrid’s Hospice is a local charity providing skilled and compassionate care and treatment for all patients with complex needs as they near the end of life. Their catchment area covers Eastbourne, Polegate, Pevensey, Seaford, Hailsham, Heathfield, Uckfield and everywhere in between.

Following the 2nd opening in 2013, Kara Bishop, Chief Executive of the Hospice said "I am so very sorry I couldn't make it today everything just conspired against me today, but WOW £1716 that is amazing thank you so much. I hope your garden wasn't too battered by all the visitors. Thank you so much for your support for the hospice."

There was a grand raffle and seen on the left, 1st prize of the framed print went to Aideen and Denis Jones, receiving their prize from Geoff Stonebanks in his garden, Driftwood. 2nd prize of a 1953 commemorative cup garden decoration went to Bettina, seen receiving it at Driftwood on the right. 3rd prize of a herb window sill set went to Jane in Seaford and the 4th prize of a bottle of bubbly Mr Kittle from Eastbourne.

On the right, my mother, Barbara and her friend Edna Bradbury sat at the front of the house and encouraged visitors to spend £120 on raffle tickets and on the left, Mary Lacey, St Wilfrid's Fundraising Manager draws the tickets for the raffle.

After visiting the gardens, Mary said "Thank you both so much for making me welcome yesterday, you both have such beautiful gardens. An amazing amount of money raised, which I am sure is the appreciation of your visitors for all your hard work."

The garden opened twice in 2013 and on the 13th August it was was a lovely day until about 2pm and over 100 visitors came to see the garden and many tea and cakes were sold. Here you can see several visitors enjoying theirs!

However, on the 30th June the weather was glorious until we opened the garden gate and then mist came in from the sea and it felt really cold in the all day! We still had quite a few visitors and the 2 gardens raised over £800 for the hospice with an incredible sale of plants at Sunningdale Close. Here you can see some of the visitors who braved the chilly day!

Debbie Hibberd also opened her garden at 4 Sunningdale Close on both dates as well.

2012 Opening.

In 2012 we had a lovely day and here are some visitors taking tea on the left and a letter of thanks confirming the monies raised on the right. There was a raffle on the day with some great prizes, Mayor of Seaford, Cllr Linda Wallraven with her consort,

Liz Holland were both on hand to draw the raffle winners. Gill Weaver, of Newhaven, seen here receiving her 1st prize of 4 etched goblets from the Mayor, as pictured in the Argus on 23rd June, see media page.

Thanks to all the 201 visitors who came along and made a difference in raising £568 for this worthy charity.