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 2017 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 beehive within the parishes of St. Briavels and Brockweir and Hewelsfield. 

The Brockweir, Hewelsfield & St Briavels Garden Society is hoping to award a grant to support a new beekeeper in 2018. 

Anyone resident within the Parish of Alvington, Aylburton, Coleford, Hewelsfield and Brockweir, Lydney, Newland, St. Briavels, Tidenham, West Dean or Woolaston and wishing to take up beekeeping within any of those areas is eligible to apply for a start-up grant of up to £300. A place has already been reserved on the Dean Forest Beekeepers Association’s basic beekeeping course.

For an application form and the terms and conditions of the grant, please contact David Broadbent by email  wyegardensociety@gmail.com  Applications close on the 16 December 2017; interviews of the short-listed applicants will take place in January 2018. 

See our Bee Project page for more information and also our Facebook page: 

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 2017 here 

Our next meeting: 

Something a little Different to start the New Year - an Interview with Anne Wareham

Ann and her husband, the photographer, Charles Hawes, began making the garden at Veddw over 25 years ago. She has written several books, including The Bad Tempered Gardener, The Deckchair Gardener and Outwitting Squirrels. Members visited the garden after her talk to us in 2012, just before the NGS removed Veddw from its list, following her controversial criticism of the average NGS garden

Anne doesn’t do talks anymore, having realised how stressful I found the whole thing. But what I have enjoyed and which has been well received, has been an interview with someone from the society. There is a lot to ask me about and I've found it tends to open up discussion, which I do like so much better than a lecture and questions. There will also be images of the garden, running as a slide show in the background, just in case people get bored - and because people look forward to the slides.

7.30pm at Mackenzie Hall, Brockweir. Visitors welcome - £5