Attention all budding gardeners! Here’s your chance to get some of those burning gardening questions answered by a bona fide gardening guru - gardener Geoff Stonebanks. 

Gardening is a great way for people living with cancer to gently increase their levels of physical activity, bringing a whole host of health benefits. It can even reduce stress and anxiety and help boost your mood.  

The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) are hosting their first ever National Gardens Festival Weekend on 15 and16 June. More than 800 gardens will be opening their gates to raise vital funds for Macmillan and other charities, so now is the perfect time to get your gardening queries answered. 

So, if you’ve got green fingers (or would like to try and develop them), please join Geoff for a live webchat on Thursday 13 June from 12-1pm. To take part and ask Geoff your question, simply join us in the chatroom during this time slot. 

Or, if you can’t make it, post your question in the comments below, and I’ll ask it for you. I’ll publish all the questions and answers here on the Community News Blog after the chat. 

About Geoff

Geoff Stonebanks has been a dedicated supporter of the NGS for the last three  years and is currently an Assistant County Organiser for them as well as their Publicity Officer in Sussex. He is a very experienced amateur gardener, and his garden, Driftwood, has won two National prizes and several local awards 

He is also an enthusiastic fundraiser for Macmillan and has raised over £6,000 for Macmillan through garden-related activities. He has recently organised the second  Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail, which will feature 21 gardens along the coast from Brighton to Eastbourne on 3 and 4 August. 

The NGS and Macmillan

The NGS opens more than 3,800 private gardens annually in England and Wales for charity and has given Macmillan £14,200,000 since 1985, making it our largest single donor. 

The NGS is supporting Macmillan’s Move More campaign by highlighting of the benefits of physical activity for people living with cancer.

The National Gardens Festival aims to raise £500,000 for Macmillan and other charities, and is the biggest charity gardening opening weekend of its kind. To find out more about the National Gardens Festival Weekend, and to find where your local NGS garden is, please go to .