The Hellens Garden Festival is a Community Interest Company (CIC) based at Hellens manor in Much Marcle, Herefordshire.
CIC no. 10182432
Our small and dedicated team organise an annual two day Festival, held in the beautiful gardens and grounds of Hellens. It is a collaborative and creative venture, that relies on the goodwill, time and energy of a huge number of volunteers, collaborators, sponsors and supporters who share our passion for what we do and the causes we support.
All profits from the festival are donated to local beneficiaries St Michael’s Hospice and Back to the Wild.
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?
We are always keen to showcase local producers, artists and exhibitors, unusual plants, innovative products, and community based, eco and environmental organisations. Alongside our exhibitors, we have a changing programme of talks, children’s activities, music, performance and interactive workshops, which aim to inspire, engage and provide a fabulous experience for all ages. 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.
Who we are
Gail Calthrop & Kat Terry
Katrina Preston, Assistant Director
Justine Peberdy, Administrator
Will Griffiths & Dieter Elliott, Film and Media
We always need volunteers to help!
If you are interested in becoming a HGF volunteer, please click HERE
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:
£9.50 for adults, £7.50 concessions & students, free entry for children under 18 (accompanied by a paying adult).
Hellens is owned by The Pennington Mellor Munthe Trust (charity no. 283266). For more information go to hellensmanor.com
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.