Who We Are

Brockweir, Hewelsfield and St. Briavels Garden Society is a friendly group of enthusiastic gardeners who meet above the Wye Valley in the Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. Area Location map.

Each month we either have a speaker, event or an arranged group visit which allows members to socialise and exchange ideas. Find our full programme for 2018 here

If you would like to join the society, you will be most welcome. Email wyegardensociety@gmail.com 

Supporting our local Bees

We also support the welfare of our local Bees. Our annual grant award scheme, which encourages new people to take up beekeeping, has been running since 2009 and awarded at least one grant each year since then. In 2018, we were able to award two grants, thanks to the very generous support of St Briavels Turbine Community Resilience Fund. This meant that Kerry Wynne has started to keep bees near Bream and Matt Jones in St Briavels

Applications will shortly be invited from applicants wishing to be considered for the 2019 grant. 

Successful applicants are required to attend the foundation course in beekeeping, run by our partners at Dean Forest Beekeepers. If you would like to know more about our innovative scheme, take part or support us, contact wyegardensociety@gmail.com 

David Broadbent – scheme administrator

See our Bee Project page for information

Our Meetings

Meetings are usually on the third Friday of the month, January - March, May & June and September - November. Our Annual Plant Sale is held in St Briavels in late April. We meet alternately at Mackenzie Hall, in Brockweir and the Pavilion, St Briavels. We take a break from regular meetings during the summer months. In July, we visit a garden and we hold our annual American Supper for members in August, at Mackenzie Hall. We hold our AGM in November. 

Click here to see our full programmes for 2018 & 2019

Missed a meeting? Brief reports of our monthly meetings are published in Village News, our parish mag for Brockweir, Hewelsfield & St Briavels. Find Reports for 2018 here 


Our next meeting:  Friday 16 November at St Briavels Pavilion


50 Plants That Changed the Course of History - Hardback - 9780857624864 - Bill LawsBill Laws, our speaker at our November meeting is a social historian and author of many books, including ‘A Curious History of Vegetables’, ‘Artists’ Gardens’ and the ‘RHS History of the Garden in Fifty Tools’, as well as ‘Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History’, his topic for the evening - although he won't have time for more than ten! 

After our AGM, followed by mince pies and mulled wine, Bill will share some fascinating facts. We are dependent on plants for our food and the air we breathe, but did you know that that sweet peas were involved in the birth of the science of genetics, that cotton was the driver of the slave trade, which was the first domino to fall in the American Revolution, and that cotton was also the catalyst for the Industrial Revolution? 

These, and many other fascinating facts, highlight the dynamic ways in which plants have influenced human history.

Friday 16 November, 7.30pm at St Briavels Pavilion. All welcome. Visitors £5