The guiding principles of Hellens Garden Festival

~  To celebrate the natural world  ~  Have a positive, constructive and educational approach to local and global issues  ~ 

~  Create an enjoyable, celebratory atmosphere  ~  Raise awareness of environmental and ecological issues  ~ 

~  Share profits between charities that promote similar ideas and have social and community benefit  ~

What’s the Festival about?

At the 2018 Hellens Garden Festival we will be celebrating Water, the Life force.

In 2017 we experienced one of the driest April’s on record, and this March it has seemed to rain endlessly! It is a timely moment to focus upon this precious resource that unites us all, that is so vital to keep ourselves and the environment healthy.

Join us in the beautiful setting of Hellens Manor for two days of inspirational talks,  interactive workshops, music, sculpture and wonderful local food and drink.



Indulge your passion for plants, discover new delights for your gardens and gain advice from numerous plant experts and growers; Where ever you live and whatever growing space you have, the Garden Festival provides a wealth of inspiration!

There is something on offer for all the family with imaginative and creative activities for all ages, including mandala making, story telling, clay play, green wood working, basket weaving, water and woodland activities. Explore the natural world throughout the gardens and meander through the sculpture trail in the ancient wildflower meadow, to Hellens hand carved standing stones.

Join us for a weekend of wonder and celebrate the resources of our planet, learn to encourage wildlife and natural habitats and be inspired to live a life more sustainable and green.

Ruth Jill and Gail

Who we are

Ruth Rennick & Zena Geary, Bookings

Jill Terry, Administrator,

Gail Calthrop, Creative Director

Ella Iggulden, Social Media

Richard Urbanski, Website

The Hellens Garden Festival is now a Community Interest Company (CIC) and has been incorporated under co. no 10182432

About Hellens: 

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.

This beautiful historic house in Much Marcle, Herefordshire, is a living monument to much of England’s history. It remains a living home, not a museum, and contains a wealth of period furnishings, artifacts, paintings and decorations. Hellens is open for Public Tours from Easter Day until the 3rd October on Wednesday, Sunday and Bank holiday afternoons with tours at 1, 2 and 3pm.
During The Garden Festival, guided tours of the house will be on offer. Tour prices are:
£9 adult
£7.50 concessions & students
£5 students and children
£20 family ticket (2 adults and 3 children).

Hellens is owned by The Pennington Mellor Munthe Trust (charity no. 283266). For more information go to

Further Information about Hellens

The family Trust PMMCT which run Hellens (and Southside House in Wimbledon) are engaged in a number of non-profit making areas, principally in the fields of music, literacy and language, and the environment. Both our Hellensmusic and Hellens Garden Festival events envelop these principles.

We facilitate activities that are designed to encourage vulnerable adolescents back into nature with our ‘Back to the Wild’ program and promote environmental sustainability with Hellens Garden Festival.  At both houses, and through outreach, we inspire primary and secondary children with poetry and with music; children are integral to Hellensmusic.

In all cases this is with emphasis placed on activities of benefit to the local community.