Following this years Festival, we are delighted to donate profits of £10,660 to St Michael’s Hospice and £3,544 to Back to the Wild.
We are so grateful to all the exhibitors, visitors, volunteers, sponsors and supporters who helped make this a special event and raise a fantastic amount. Thank you!
Keep a space clear in your diary for next years Festival, 8-9th June. We are brimming with ideas and energy and look forward to welcoming you back to enjoy Herefordshire’s biggest weekend garden festival.
See you next year, 8-9th June 2019.
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.
What we do
A summer festival celebrating the sustainable and the eclectic, crafted and grown, in the gardens of Hellens Manor
People, Plants & Planet
Why we do it
Showcasing inspirational ideas, organisations and plants for growing our gardens, sustaining ourselves and the earth.
We are proud to support St Michael’s Hospice in Hereford and the special project Back to the Wild for young people.
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 please 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