May 12 2014.

The Mayor of Seaford, Cllr. Mark Brown is inviting all Haven residents to the 3rd annual trail of nine stunning Haven gardens on June the 22nd.

The Mayor tells us that the trail organiser, Geoff Stonebanks, has somehow managed to get another three brand new gardens, never having opened to the public before, to join this year's event: Lee Highley’s lovely garden at 39 Marine Drive, along with Barbara and Gerald Mine’s plot at 47 Marine Drive, both in Bishopstone, will reveal their breathtaking views over Newhaven Harbour and Tide Mills, while Clare Mayers’s colourful garden at 36 Kedale Road will be making up the new trio.

There will be a few old favourites, including Geoff’s own award winning garden, Driftwood, at 4 Marine Drive, which has just been named by Sussex Life Magazine as one of the 25 must-see gorgeous gardens in Sussex this summer and featured in a national gardening magazine last month.

Other old hands of the trail are Carol and Ernie Arnold’s delightful garden, Cosy Cottage, at 69 Firle Rd and Helen and Dave Robert’s fun-filled garden, Windover, in Chyngton Lane North. The recently newly named Seaford Community Garden opens up for the trail again, as does Sheila and Dave Thomas’s garden, 14 Lullington Close, nestling at the bottom of Seaford Head. Garden number 9 is new to the trail thanks to Chris Kilsby agreeing to open the garden gates at Burford, in Cuckmere Road.

So the scene is all set for an interesting trail of 9 uniquely individual gardens opening in aid of the Mayors'  charities for 2014. The two charities that the Mayor has chosen for his Mayoral year are, Waves, a charity which support families in Seaford who are encountering difficulties within their lives, and Seahaven Storehouse which provides basic food items to individuals and families in need within the Seahaven area.

Sincere thanks for the 3rd year running, go to Steve and Sava from Pomegranate, without whom the event would not take place. Their generous sponsorship of the event is greatly appreciated. There will be a grand raffle again with 1st prize of a gardening voucher for £100.

Entry to all 9 gardens will be through a £5 ticket which can be purchased at the first garden visited, where maps can also be collected. Full details including trail map, individual garden location maps and other information on the trail can be found at

The Tourist Information office will also have trail maps available from the 16th of June. Other enquiries to Geoff at 01323 899296.

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