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Celebrity garden raises money for cancer centre

Besi Besemar August 15, 2018

Tony and Chris Ashby-Steed open their garden as part of the Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail.

THEY were raising money for the Macmillan Horizon Centre in Brighton and despite the awful wind and rain which affected visitor numbers especially on the Sunday, they managed to raise an impressive £1270.50.

The Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Cllr Dee Simson popped by for a cup of tea and to enjoy the garden.

The Trail is organised by renowned gardener Geoff Stonebanks who writes regular columns in The Argus, has appeared on Gardeners World and has a regular slot on Dig It on Radio 2.

Twenty four gardens stretching from Hove to Seaford opened on the trail this year, raising a grand total of  £7442.98, which, considering the weather was very impressive.

Chris and Tony had the honour of being selected to open their garden twice on May 7 and July 1 this year for the National Garden Scheme 2018 raising £2096.40 for NGS charities.

They will be opening their garden this Sunday, August 19, probably for the last time ever and hope to go out with a bang and raise as much money as they can for the good causes supported by the National Garden Scheme, which last year raised £3.1million.

Go along and support the couple, spend some time in their lovely garden and treat yourself to lots of yummy cake for sale with tea, coffee and cold drinks.

There will be some home-grown plants for sale, others donated by the Goldcliff Garden Centre, in Lewes and a tombola.

You will find the boys at 70 Dale View, Hove, BN3 8LB. The garden will be open from 11am-5pm.

Photos by Tyrone Darling

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