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Seaford Mayor's Garden Trail

Submitted on 20 June 2018 by STC Officers

The Seaford Mayor, Councillor Linda Wallraven opened the 7th Mayors Open Garden Trail at the award-winning garden ‘Driftwood’ in Bishopstone. Geoff Stonebanks of ‘Driftwood’ was key in organising the event. Linda cannot thank Geoff enough for organising such a successful event.  Linda is quoted as saying “I would like to thank everyone involved in helping to make this fantastic amount of money for my Mayoral Charities, to the owners of the gardens in the trail, the helpers and the general public who supported the event, without you we wouldn't have had such a successful day.  A special thank you has to go to Geoff for his organization and making sure everyone has everything they need, a lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes before and after the event.  It was lovely to meet Juliet Sargeant who kindly officially opened the Mayor's Garden Trail.  The day was perfect as I visited all nine gardens and they were very different and beautiful, I ended the day with ideas for my own garden and a few extra plants”


Nine uniquely different gardens opened for the day to raise money for the Mayor’s Charities for the Municipal year 2018/19; Seaford Museum & Heritage Society and Teddy Treats. 


The weather could not have been better and a total of £2,567.25 was raised on the day which is the most raised in the last 7 years!


Special thanks must also go to Steve and Sava from Pomegranate for the sponsorship that has enabled the trail to return once again. A grand Raffle was held with a 1st Prize of £100 National Gardening vouchers.


The Mayor is pleased to be able to support these two local charities and said - “I am pleased to announce that I have chosen two charities for my Mayoral year, which are Teddy Treats and The Seaford Museum & Heritage Society, two very different charities.

Teddy Treats is a relatively new Seaford Charity and needs more awareness of the valuable work they do helping disadvantaged children, which I hope to do.

The Seaford Museum & Heritage Society are an asset to the town and they have been working extremely hard in making the museum (The Martello Tower) accessible to all.  It has been a big financial burden and many years of planning to this group of volunteers”


Brenda Edwards, founder of Teddy Treats was overwhelmed by the amount raised and said – “Teddy Treats are so grateful for the money raised on Sunday at The Mayor’s Garden Trail. It is such a fantastic amount to share with the Mayor’s other chosen Charity; Seaford Museum & Heritage Society.  What a fantastic day with lots of sunshine and beautiful gardens. Teddy Treats spoke to so many visitors who were all so interested in the work we do and lots of offers of support for the future.  A special thank you to Ernie and Carol for letting us set up our stand in their beautiful garden. We gave out all of Teddy Treats handouts and actually run out! Thank you again to the Mayor for choosing us and inviting us to take part, this really helped showcase the work we do in Seaford. The money raised will help Teddy Treats fund trips to the theatre and expand the Christmas Toy Bank helping local families at Christmas”


The Mayor will be continuing to raise funds for the charities over the remainder of the year, in recognition of the invaluable service they provide to the town, but this is a truly overwhelming start to the fundraising efforts. Many thanks to all those involved and who visited the gardens.



Picture Courtesy of Geoff Stonebanks

Pictured left to right: Cllr Linda Wallraven, Mayor of Seaford, TV Presenter Juliet Sargeant and Geoff Stonebanks


Pictured left to right: Ann Abbott and Cllr Linda Wallraven, Mayor of Seaford


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