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. 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 are now invited from applicants wishing to be considered for the 2019 BEE 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

Click here to download the 2019 Application Form 

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 programme for 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 18 January 2019, at Mackenzie Hall, Brockweir

Paul Williams: DIGGING DEEPER 

Our next meeting will be on 18 January, when gardener, writer and broadcaster, Paul Williams, will provide a lively and entertaining look at plant and garden science in his talk, Digging Deeper. ‘A bit of soft science, looking at what goes on inside plants, how they protect themselves from pests and diseases, how soils behave, why plants are variegated and a lot of other ‘stuff”, he says, ‘not as heavy as it might sound.’

Friday 18 January, 7.30pm at Mackenzie Hall. All welcome. Visitors £5