Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail 2019
The 8th annual Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail takes place over the weekend of the 27th and 28th July. 2019 has turned out to be a rather special year, as 11 of the 21 gardens opening their gates are brand new to the trail.
Trail organiser, Geoff Stonebanks, tells us he was rather despondent at the start of the year, with many old favourites deciding to have a year of this season. He has had to work quite hard to recruit some new venues and then ends up with 11. There are 11 gardens in the city of Brighton & Hove, 5 in Telscombe and Peacehaven, 4 in Seaford and 1 in Alfriston. So, quite a bunch to choose from and visit across the 2-day event. This year, the trail patron, TV Gardener, BBC Gardener’s Question time panellist and The One Show’s gardening reporter, Christine Walkden will be on hand to talk to visitors and officially open the event in Geoff’s garden, Driftwood (garden 17) at 11am on the 27th.
Geoff says, “visitors to the gardens in Seaford will be in for a real treat as one of the new venues is the old walled garden on The Egg, in Bishopstone old village, garden 18.” The garden is a hospice for hedgehogs after they have been at the Wildlife Rescue Ambulance Service, just North of Eastbourne. Wild animals who have been hurt in any way can be taken to them and once they are better they are released back where they came from. However, sometimes they are too vulnerable to be re-released back into the wild due to their injuries, so the hedgehogs go to the walled garden to live out the rest if their lives, free from predators, cars, chemicals, strimmers etc. Currently there are six, although they only three tend to be seen. “Maybe you will be lucky!” says Geoff.
Meanwhile in Peacehaven, Farm View Therapies in Crocks Dean is one of the new ones and there is a brand new one in Saltdean too at 33 Wivelsfield Road Full details on all the gardens, maps to locate them and images to see, can be found on the trail website, www.macmillangardentrail.co.uk Any enquiries can be referred to Geoff on 01323 899296.
Tickets to join the trail can be purchased in the first garden visited and cost £8 on both Saturday and Sunday, meaning, if you have the stamina you can see all 21 gardens, a bargain! Alternatively, you can pay just £3 to see individual gardens, many of which are serving home-made teas and a few selling garden art. There will be a raffle for over £900 worth of artist donated work in Geoff’s garden and much more art for sale too.