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 - 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 Full Reports for 2018 here 

Our next meeting: 

                   ANNUAL PLANT SALE

St Briavels Pavilion, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Kick start your garden with some new plants for the new year
Save £££s on garden centre prices
Browse pots, seeds and garden sundries
Pop your purchases in the plant crèche and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with a   
        tasty homemade cake

Plants sell FAST! Come early to avoid disappointment!

As in previous years, we will be delighted to receive donations for the sale - mature plants that you no longer have room for or surplus young vegetable and annual plants. When you are tidying, cutting back and dividing plants that are getting too big for their spaces, please pop unwanted divisions into pots and bring them along to the Pavilion on the evening of 20th  or from 8am on 21st. Garden lovers with busy lives will be delighted to acquire them at prices considerably more reasonable than the garden centres charge! Please label all plants clearly – thank you. 

Proceeds from the Plant Sale help to boost the society’s funds and enable us to encourage beekeeping in our area, through our Bee Grants

Donations of seeds, produce, garden tools and gardening books are also most welcome. If you need plants or other items to be collected, email wyegardensociety@gmail.com