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 

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. 

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 


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NEWS & FUTURE EVENTS

Our Annual PLANT SALE on 21 April was very successful, raising over £900 to replenish our funds. Thanks to all those who contributed plants, cakes, seeds and sundries - and their time, to help make this possible.
  
Our next meeting:  Friday 15 June at St Briavels Pavilion 

BEHIND THE SCENES AT CHELSEA - SALLY NEX

Sally Nex works as a journalist and garden writer, specialising in all things horticultural - from gardens to plants, and gardeners to garden designers. Her work has been published in national magazines, including a regular column in the RHS ‘The Garden’. Every year, Sally goes to the world’s greatest flower show, visiting on the days the public don't get to see and working alongside exhibitors, designers, contractors and RHS show staff, often spending time at the showground outside official opening hours. It gives her a unique insight into life ‘behind the scenes’ at Chelsea.

Sally will present a slide show including lots of anecdotes and insights into the show's less public side and including plenty of gorgeous (and some not so gorgeous!) photos of Chelsea past and present. Whether you have been to the show or just watched the television broadcasts, this will give you a new and fascinating perspective.

All welcome. Visitors £5.