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 


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 


Our next meeting:  Friday 21 September at Mackenzie Hall

VICTORIA LOGUE: Practical Propagation: Seeds, Cuttings & Beyond

Members enjoyed visits to two contrasting Wiltshire gardens in July  - Iford Manor and The Courts, both close to Bradford-on-Avon. Despite the long dry spell, there was much to enjoy and inspire.

Our next event is our annual American Supper and then monthly meetings resume on 21 September, at Mackenzie Hall, when Victoria Logue will demonstrate Practical Propagation - Seeds, Cuttings and Beyond

Victoria came to horticulture after 25 years as an accountant, trained at Pershore and worked for Bob Brown at Cotswold Garden Flowers. She now runs a tiny nursery, Whitehall Farmhouse Plants, high up in the Cotswolds, selling interesting and unusual hardy herbaceous plants by mail order. wfplants.co.uk

 All welcome. Visitors £5.