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

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:  Friday 15 February 2019, at Mackenzie Hall, Brockweir

Marion Stainton: RAISED BED VEGETABLE GARDENING 

On 15 February, 7.30pm at Mackenzie Hall, we welcome Marion Stainton to talk about growing vegetables in raised beds. She will discuss why and how to build and use raised beds, as well as soil management, crop rotations and pest and disease management. She includes some design ideas and alternative versions of the concept.

Marion is a knowledgeable and experienced gardener, involved in a broad range of horticultural projects for domestic, commercial and community gardens and spaces.  Her particular interest is in sustainable, environmentally friendly gardening. She has published in The Horticulturalist and The Plantsman, on integrated pest management and other topics. She opens her garden, The Brooks, for the NGS

All welcome. Visitors £5

and DON’T MISS OUR ANNUAL SPRING BULB COMPETITION NEXT MONTH – OPEN TO ALL 

Friday 22 March, 7.30pm  Mackenzie Hall, Brockweir

In March, as well as a speaker, we have a Spring bulb and flower competition.  Everyone is welcome to take part, whether you are a member of the Garden Society or not, but if you are not a member then there is a small entry fee to attend the meeting.  Just bring along your entries on the night in time to set them up before the meeting starts at 7.30pm.  

There will be 10 classes, which are:

1 5 single daffodils
2 5 double daffodils
3 5 multihead daffodils
4 5 miniature daffodils
5 a pot of Spring flowering bulbs
6 1 stem of a flowering shrub
7 5 different Spring blooms
8 3 heads of hellebore, floating on water, 1 or more variety
9 a pot of Spring flowers, eg primula, snowdrop, pansy
10    a novelty or something of interest, eg a flower out of season or an unusual bloom.

Only one entry per person per class is allowed.  Certificates are awarded for 1st 2nd and 3rd in class, and a Cup is given for the Judge’s favourite exhibit.