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

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. 

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 


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NEWS & FUTURE EVENTS

Our next meeting: DOWSING FOR GARDENERS - Friday 17 May 

We welcome Keith Harmon to our May meeting, who will give a talk and demonstration on Dowsing. 

Keith will begin by talking about the selection of garden items, where to plant them, finding water, pipe leakages etc, before we’ll go outside to have a go at dowsing.Keith says, ‘Once the new dowser has got the hang of it, they are off in all directions, following every offshoot of water they come to. The effect is that dowsers are scattered all over the place. It is fun, though, as people see me trying to round everyone up.’

Keith’s dowsing activities have taken him to many parts of the country finding water for clients, discovering archaeological remains, giving dowsing talks and leading dowsing workshops. His talks are more than just a talk and equally an entertainment. He is a registered dowsing tutor and Council member of the British Society of Dowsers and Chairman of the BSD's health and healing Special Interest Group.

17 May, 7.30pm at Mackenzie Hall, Brockweir

All welcome. Visitors £5

 
OUR ANNUAL PLAMT SALE - A GREAT DAY!

The annual plant sale took place at St. Briavels Pavilion on 28 April, held on a Sunday afternoon for the first time this year.  The change of day didn’t deter people and we were delighted to see a queue forming ready for the doors to open.  Customers were very keen to buy and the sale has a reputation for good quality, locally-grown plants, usually at a fraction of garden centre prices.  This proved quite a good year for bringing on young plants in time for the sale and we had an excellent range of fruit and vegetables as well as small trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, houseplants and gardening sundries to offer. Having bought their plants, many visitors relaxed over tea and cakes and enjoyed a good afternoon out.  

Within the two hours we almost sold out and the sale raised over £1100 which will help to fund great speakers for the year ahead, and also contribute to the Garden Society's promotion of care for the environment and wildlife in the local community.  Following on from the Society’s support for beekeepers over the last ten years, we hope to announce a new environmental project later in the year.  

We  warmly thank all the members and friends of the society who provided plants and other gardening items, and gave their time to help beforehand and on the day.  
                  
Anne Downes