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.  Since 2009, we have given grants to new beekeepers to help with the necessary costs of setting up a beehiveThis year’s interviews, saw several very strong applications. It is always heartening to hear how passionate our prospective beekeepers are and sad that we can’t help everyone who applies. Over the eight years that our scheme has been running we have often been unable to split the two best candidates. 

Thankfully, this year, sponsorship from the fabulous Turbine Community fund, with impeccable environmental credentials, has helped us to help two beekeepers, to help bees to pollinate our plants, to help farmers and gardeners to grow better plants, to ultimately help us all. The St Briavels Turbine Community Resilience Fund distributes part of the profits from the community scale wind turbine back into the local economy and good causes. 

In a truly good news twist, our application for grant funding to support our project was approved!! This meant that we were able to offer two grants for 2018 - to Kerry Wynne to keep bees near Bream and to Matt Jones from St Briavels. 

If you would like to know more about our innovative scheme, take part or support us, contact wyegardensociety@gmail.com 

Links
https://www.facebook.com/groups/deanforestbeekeepers/ 
https://www.facebook.com/ResilientEnergy/

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. 

Find our full programme for 2018 here

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 


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NEWS & FUTURE EVENTS

  
Our next meeting:  Friday 19 October at St Briavels Pavilion

PAULINE PEARS: ORGANIC FRUIT GROWING – FOR THE BUSY/LAZY GARDENER!

At our October meeting, we welcome Pauline Pears to talk about growing fruit organically. 

In the late 1970s, Pauline joined an embryonic group interested in growing plants without chemicals, which later became Garden Organic, where she worked for 38 years, editing ‘The Organic Way’ for 28 of them. She is the author of many books on organic approaches to gardening.

Growing fruit isn’t as difficult as it may first seem and needn’t actually take much time (apart from picking and eating, of course.) For a relatively small outlay of time and money, you can grow loads of healthy fruit, cheaper and fresher than anything you can buy. 

In this talk, Pauline will introduce the basic, easy care, range of fruit that she grows. Practical organic growing advice that can be applied to all types of fruit is included - and there is a quiz too.

Pauline would love you to bring some of your home grown apples to the meeting.

All welcome.  Visitors £5