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Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail to return in July

Graham Robson May 15, 2021

Driftwood Fundraising Group, chaired and run by Geoff Stonebanks, has been organising the Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail since 2012. Sadly, the event had to be cancelled in 2020 but plans are in hand for a scaled down trail to take place over the weekend of July 24 and 25. There will be 14 gardens to see with eight of them in Brighton & Hove, three of them are new to the trail too. If you want to venture out of the city, there is a further one in Telscombe, four in Seaford and one in Alfriston.

33 Wivelsfield Road, Saltdean

Geoff’s work, fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support, through the trail and other activities in and around his own garden, Driftwood, in Seaford has now enabled him to hand over more than £86,000 to the charity, all of which has gone to the Macmillan Horizon Centre in the city.

All charities suffered greatly throughout the pandemic, Macmillan Cancer Support included, so why not get out and support them, improve your own mental health, and have a great day out in some wonderful gardens, a perfect escape from the last 12 months. Dogs on leads allowed in all garden too!

8 North Gardens, Brighton

Geoff recently raised over £800 for Macmillan after being persuaded by friends to pose in his garden for World Naked Gardening Day, at the beginning of May. He decided to rise to the challenge with a strategically placed pot of flowers to cover his assets.

This year, many of the gardens will be serving tea and cake and some have art and plants for sale too. Tickets are £8 for a day ticket on either Saturday or Sunday with children free, purchased in the first garden visited. There will be an online facility to purchase day tickets via the web site too. Those who just want to visit a single garden will pay £3 at the garden gate.

All the details can be found HERE or call Geoff on 01323 899296.

11 Rugby Road, Brighton