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. 

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 is reserved on the Dean Forest Beekeepers Association’s basic beekeeping course.

No grants were awarded in 2017 but we hope to award a grant this year, following a good crop of applications. 

See our Bee Project page for information - 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 - this year, on 21 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: 


On 23 February, we welcome Graham Gough, plantsman and owner of Marchant’s Hardy Plants in East Sussex www.marchantshardyplants.co.uk. Graham started his career as a singer but, inspired by his first visit to Sissinghurst, changed profession and gained a job working under Elizabeth Strangman, at the renowned Washfield Nursery in Kent. 

Here, he learnt his nurseryman’s skills and gained a formidable knowledge of plants. In 1998, Graham established his own nursery and a wonderful garden. Anna Pavord visited and was delighted: ‘So at Marchants, the nursery drifts almost imperceptibly into Gough's rich, dramatic sweeps of herbaceous planting: sanguisorbas, daylilies, masses of grasses, achilleas, dark agapanthus etc.’

Graham’s busy life includes garden design, consultation, photography, talks, writing and travel to observe plants in their native habitats. His talk will centre around about eighty images of late season plants, sharing with us his knowledge of and enthusiasm for them.

St Briavels Pavilion: 7.30pm. All welcome. Visitors £5

& Coming Soon .....


The Spring Bulb and Flower Competition will be held this year on Friday 16th March in Mackenzie Hall, Brockweir.  

Everyone is welcome to take part in the competition, and it is great fun to do so, but if you are not a member of the Garden Society 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 scheduled meeting starts at 7.30pm. 

The classes will be, as last year:

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 primula in a pot (any type)

10        a novelty or something of interest, e.g. a flower out of season or an unusual bloom.

Certificates are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in class, and a Cup is given to the Exhibitor whose entry the Judge chooses as his favourite.