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September 26th, 2017.

Geoff Stonebanks' final two Driftwood events for 2017 took place recently. On the 14th of September, while he was on a location film shoot for QVC Gardening in Chiswick, Geoff sealed the deal with Richard Jackson (Richard Jackson's garden & QVC) on the sponsorship for the Macmillan Garden Trail in 2018. Richard has very generously agreed to sponsor the trail for the third year running, which is great news.

On the 25th of September, Geoff hosted his annual tea party in Church Lane Tea Rooms, in Seaford, to thank all his garden volunteers from this season. Among the volunteers were Mayor of Seaford, Cllr Linda Wallraven and Consort, Liz Holland. A sumptuous spread of open sandwiches and cakes was on offer and each volunteer received one of 12 specially commissioned, Driftwood Garden, hand-coiled planters, made by Amanda Haines.

The link between the two events? On leaving QVC last week, Geoff was handed a huge goody bag, mainly full of women's cosmetics, that he shared out with the volunteers. Thomas and Enrico from the tea room hosted a lovely afternoon, having closed early to accommodate the group. All went away fired up to help again in 2018.

All 2018 dates can be seen at

Driftwood volunteers pictured: Back row left to right - Geoff Stonebanks, Linda Wallraven, Liz Holland, Celia Hughes, Mark Glassman. Front row, left to right - Wendy Everest, Michele Findlay, Rosa Botterill, Helen Roberts, Diane Marquess. Absent, Clare Mayers, Barbara Stonebanks and Alan Clayton.