Seaford: Open Garden Event set to make money for chosen charity

Some of last year's participants
Some of last year's participants

GREEN-FINGERED Seaford residents and budding enthusiasts are teaming together to raise charity cash at a special fundraiser this year.

Geoff Stonebanks, who has opened his Marine Drive garden to the community at events such as Artwave and the Mayor’s Open Gardens, contacted Seaford Town Council (STC) with the idea of getting as many people together as possible to open their garden for the day.

The fundraiser, called Seaford Town Council Open Garden Event for 2012, will be in aid of the charity chosen by the mayor at the time or a good cause chosen by STC.

Mr Stonebanks, whose garden has won several awards, has raised nearly £6,000 for charity by opening his garden over the last two years.

His inspiration came from the success of Seaford mayor Councillor Linda Wallraven’s open gardens fundraiser and now he is calling on as many people as possible to get involved for the event which will take place on Sunday July 8. So far there are four gardens that will be open to the public.

One couple taking part in the fun for the first time are David and Mary Holland from Kings Mead who were encouraged to enter by Mr Stonebanks.

Mr Holland said, “We’re enthusiastic gardeners and moved into this house about four years ago and the garden was water-logged.

“We took the grass up and laid down some stone pebble beach down and started work from there really and built it up more and more.

“We’re a little bit nervous about the event. We have gone to look at other people’s gardens and we did enter a couple of times into Seaford in Bloom and got a commendation.

“We’ll have to wait and see if people like it.”

Mr Stonebanks added, “What I’m trying to do is get people involved with gardens that haven’t opened before.

“There’s still plenty of time but I would like to think we can get more gardens on board to get eight in total.”

The event has been sponsored by Pomegranate and Ollivers restaurant in Seaford and will be opened by Seaford MP Norman Baker.

For more information please contact Mr Stonebanks on 899296, Seaford Town Council on 894870 or more details of the gardens opening can be found at: www.geoffstonebanks.co.uk/mayor.html