Hellens Garden Festival celebrated its 12th year bathed in glorious sunshine. As the weekend’s festivities unfolded, visitors and exhibitors basked in the warmth of summer, appreciating the gentle pace, spaciousness and beauty of Hellens romantic gardens in full bloom. Reflecting on our theme, ‘Water, The Life Force’, keynote speakers Terry Walton and Katie Alcott, shared their knowledge and passion, exploring how vital healthy water is for the survival of all life; people, plants and the planet. Their message echoed our belief, that if each person can respect, conserve and creatively use resources, we can all contribute to a better world. Visitors from 8- 80 were entertained by Martin Kizko, the UK’s green poet, weaving rhymes and lessons into glorious and funny poems. Others inspired by local wildlife and waterways experts, who highlighted the importance of conservation of our local rivers.
It was wonderful to hear visitors comments: ‘ a lovely festival in beautiful surroundings’, ‘came away with plants that we wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere locally’, ‘so much to see, hear and do for all the family’.
The Festival experience included engaging talks on a variety of topics: ‘Hedgehogs in Herefordshire’, Dowsing, Foraging Feasts, and ‘A Taste of Physic Garden teas’. Visitors meandering along the sculpture trail created a wave of movement through the meadow; it was a sight to behold from the East lawn, where a mesmerising spiral mandala evolved over the two days. Children were entertained and engaged, making clay fish, seed bombs, tactile mud walling and water filtering in the Back to the Wild glade, storytelling, ‘lucky dipping’ and following the fish trail. As music curated by the Pumpkin Sessions played on, local cider, delicious food and a great deal of ice cream was enjoyed and a gentle air of contentment settled throughout the Festival. An owl emerged from a block of wood carved by ‘chainsaw Sam’; Say it with Wood showcased their traditional vintage paling machinery and biochar, alongside talented local artists teaching blacksmithing, contemporary and traditional woodworking and willow weaving. The cedar lawn was abundant with beautiful blooms and unusual plants.
As replete, happy visitors and satisfied exhibitors made their way home in the warm Sunday sunshine, a quietness descended on the Hellens landscape, the mandala spiral glowing in the evening light. Another year’s Festival completed.
We are grateful for the support, time and energy of volunteers, the Ledbury Scouts, the exhibitors and visitors, who help make this Festival the amazing event and fundraiser that it is. Thank you to you all.
See you next year, 8-9th June 2019.
Weekend of innovation
2018 will be the festival’s 12th year and we will be celebrating water!More
People, Plants & Planet
Inspired sustainable life
We offer inspirational ideas, services and plants for growing our gardens, sustaining ourselves and the earth, whatever the space you have.More
For our beneficiaries
Fundraising for charities
We are proud to support St Michael’s Hospice in Hereford and the special project Back to the Wild for young people.More
Hellens Garden Festival is hosted in the gardens and grounds of Hellens Manor. The Festival settles gently within the landscape of lawns, meadow and paddocks. The rare 17th century octagonal dovecot, a physic garden, yew labyrinth, herb and kitchen gardens, woodlands and ponds are delight to the eye and nourishment for one’s spirit.
Tours of the Manor house at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm daily during the festival (additional cost).
Hellens, Much Marcle, Nr Ledbury, Herefordshire.
Hellens is owned by The Pennington Mellor Munthe Trust (charity no. 283266).
For more information go to hellensmanor.com
For more information about what is going on in Herefordshire, where to eat, where to stay while you are visiting us at Hellens and the Hellens Garden Festival please visit East Sleep Live Herefordshire here: www.eatsleepliveherefordshire.co.uk
Accessibility ~ We are here to help
Please let us know if you need help when you arrive and we will endeavour to do all we can to make your visit a wonderful experience.
We have designated disabled parking areas. The site is largely accessible to wheelchair users and people with walking difficulties.
Some areas can be a bit boggy and there are lots of uneven surfaces so care is needed.
Sponsors and Supporters
Fantastic people and companies supporting our vision
Our sponsors and supporters honour the vision of Hellens Garden Festival. Their generosity in giving their time, expertise, equipment or money is absolutely essential to our ability to stage the Festival each year, and to provide funding to benefit our nominated causes.Find out more
News from Hellens Manor.
On Friday 14th October, we were visited by the BBC Countryfile team who filmed our traditional Perry Making. We had an amazing day with Matt Baker and Anita Rani. The result was that Hellens were a part of a lovely broadcast on the 30th October showing Herefordshire at its very best (and of course the Perry!)
Adam Munthe presents a donation to St Michael’s Hospice
Cheque presentation to Back to the Wild
BBC Countryfile feature