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. 

Bees, and other pollinating insects, seem to be forever in the news, for lots of good reasons and there is a greater realisation of the important role that bees play in ecology. 
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 2017 here

Missed a meeting? Brief reports of our monthly meetings are published in Village News, our parish mag for Brockweir, Hewelsfield & St Briavels. Find Full Reports for 2017 here 


Our speaker on Friday 16 June, 7.30pm at St Briavels Pavilion, is Jo Ward Ellison, garden designer and gardener. 

Some years ago, she decided to change her career and left the corporate world to retrain at Merrist Wood College in Surrey, obtaining their Diploma in Garden Design, followed by a Diploma in Plants and Plantsmanship from  The English Gardening School and the RHS General Certificate in Horticulture. 

Since then, she has created designs for a wide variety of gardens and won 2 RHS medals at Hampton Court Flower Show. 

She now lives in the Wye Valley, is a member of our garden society, and works mainly in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire.

Jo’s talk will introduce us to her garden at Poole Cottage, near Goodrich, and how she has created it over the last six years from a more or less blank canvas: a bare site with a few old fruit trees, a pond, an area of woodland, slopes that made the site interesting and views. 

Following Jo’s introduction, members will have the opportunity to visit the garden on 15 July.

ALL WELCOME: Visitors £5 inc. refreshments