Groves in the UK and Ireland
The three most beautiful sights:
A potato-garden in bloom;
A ship in sail;
A woman after the birth of her child.
Not all OBOD Groves wish to be listed on a public site, but those that do can be found here, with links to their websites and email contacts. For more groups in the UK & Ireland see the Seed Groups page.
IRELAND (including N IRELAND)
Sólás Nemed Co. Wexford area, c/o Luke Eastwood email
Solas Nemed began in 2004 as the Hawthorn Grove. The Grove travels around Wicklow and Wexford depending on the purpose of the (monthly) meeting or festival. There are 3 woodlands they use, a cliff, two beaches and two stone circles. They are very blessed to have such choice. They celebrate all of the eight festivals with the two solstices being open to the public.
Dunedin Grove Edinburgh area c/o Pat email
Dunedin Grove has members who are Bards, Ovates and Druids throughout Scotland and the North of England. They celebrate all the Festivals of the year in the traditional way, share festivals with other Groves and meet up for social events. Their habitual Grove is in Edinburgh, but will celebrate at appropriate spots in the Greater area. Dunedin Grove is an open Druid Grove which welcomes all who come with a good heart and in friendship regardless of their druid path or affiliations.
Orcades Grove c/o Mark Woodsford-Dean and Jacq Froggatt email We meet to celebrate the eight festivals at the Ring of Brodgar / Stones of Stenness followed by an informal moot at the standing Stones Hotel.
Cân y Gwynt Grove Gwynedd, N Wales, c/o Caryl Dailey email
The Can Y Gwynt Grove has approximately twenty members and meets to celebrate the eight seasonal rituals. Non-members are welcome by arrangement for the four solar rituals. They also offer Rites of Passage ceremonies. Their meetings are held in “Mountains; Fields; Stone Circles; Gardens; Wells; Woodlands; and Seashores”.
Dobunni Grove email
The Dobunni were founded in 1992 and have met in and around Bristol since 1994. They celebrate the eight festivals and in addition have separate meetings between each for the Bard, Ovate and Druid grades. They also provide public ceremonies at Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh and Samhain at the prehistoric circles at Stanton Drew, a dozen miles south of Bristol. New members are welcome, and those interested are invited first to a festival to meet the existing group. The Grove is run on democratic lines, with decisions being taken by collective discussion, and encourages creativity and experimentation in its rituals.
South Devon and Dartmoor Grove c/o Belinda email
Devon (North West) & Cornwall (North)
Alban Nymet Grove C/o Debbie Email
Members are drawn from between Ilfracombe in North Devon and Tintagel in North Cornwall and we meet somewhere between Barnstaple and Holsworthy.
The Grove of Brighid C/o Lee Tanya Email
The Grove of Brighid is a small Grove in the Purbeck/Poole area of Southern England. We formed in 2012. We celebrate the eight festivals of the year and hold our rituals in Grove members secluded gardens. We have an eisteddfod during our ritual, and share food and our company afterwards. Our patron Goddess is Brighid, the Goddess of Healing, Hearth and Home. Our ethos is to honour the land that we live on and to be accessible to those who may find it difficult to get to a more remote location. Members of OBOD are welcome to join us as a guest first to see how they feel.
Brigantes Grove c/o Bracken email
Sylvan Grove c/o Marion Sibbons email
The Sylvan Grove meets in the New Forest near to the historic village of Burley. They celebrate the eight ceremonies of the year, and also offer workshops, initiations and rites of passage. Members of OBOD are always welcome to apply for membership and to come along as a guest first to see how they feel. Non-members are welcome to attend our ceremonies by prior arrangement and quite a few of these have gone on to join OBOD and the grove.
Earthstars Grove c/o Chris Street email website
The Earthstars discovery is very much a part of the living tradition of druid wisdom that is encoded within The Grail Lands of Britain. It is particularly connected to the Arthurian Legends which conceal the keys to a far older wisdom tradition relating to the true nature of The Holy Grail and the Healing of the Wasteland. It is for these reasons that the Earthstars Group, who come together to work with these sites, their energies and our Visionary Landscape in general, has become an official Grove of the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids. Through the group and through OBOD’s teaching courses, interested individuals can acquire a solid grounding in the various skills necessary for an involvement in such matters. The Earthstars Grove organises site visits, pilgrimages, workshops, Visionary landscape walks, talks and other relevant events, mostly in the London area, but generally wherever the spirit of place calls.
Pendle Grove c/o Sionnach email
The Pendle Grove meets regularly for the eight festivals, usually on Pendle Hill, or, during the winter months, in a hired hall. There are several members that take it in turns to arrange the rituals and there is freedom as to whether they are scripted or not. Usually they are unscripted but there is no rule as to how they are to be practised.
There is no dress code but the senior members do tend to robe. During the ritual there is always an eisteddfod, and these are getting longer as members are gaining confidence. Festivals are also always followed by a time of fellowship and shared meals. We do welcome guests to our festivals but always hope that they will formalise their membership in time. Nonetheless, although we have non-members sharing in our activities, we are still formally an OBOD Grove and have no plans to be anything else. The story of our survival through difficult times and succeeding renewed growth is nothing less than startling. We are a lively group of people, committed to the Grove and to each other. We hope that we are a fine example of Druidry in England’s North West.
Iceni Grove c/o Christine Kimber email
Northumbrian Grove c/o John & Alicia Lester email
The Appleseed Grove email
Originally formed in 2002 as an OBOD Seed Group, The Appleseed Grove is based in Glastonbury and is open to members and former members of OBOD. The Grove meets to celebrate the eight festivals (which guests and applicants are welcome to attend), and holds regular meetings, workshops, and eisteddfods for members. Days out and weekends away are also organised, with an emphasis on visiting sacred sites, meeting up with other Groves/Seed Groups - and, of course, having a thoroughly good time together! Individual Grove members can often be found sharing a pot of tea/coffee with visiting OBODies in one of the local cafés - so anyone who is planning to come to Glastonbury, and would like to meet up, is welcome to get in touch.
The Ash Grove, Glastonbury Area, c/o Jacki Woolmington email The Ash Grove celebrates the seasonal festivals at a sacred site on the outskirts of Glastonbury, and visiting OBOD members are welcome to join us. We enjoy meeting travellers to Glastonbury, sharing a wealth of local and traditional knowledge and finding out about our Druid colleagues. We are involved in local community projects such as the St. John’s interfaith Christmas Tree Festival and we wassail the Glastonbury Abbey orchard every January, in line with Somerset custom. Currently our Grove meetings, exploring various aspects of Druidry, are held in yurt on the levels. If you’re planning a trip to Glastonbury, do drop us a line.
The Light of the Oak Grove c/o Karen email
Awen Oaks Grove c/o Tynan Elder Oak through the OBOD message board or email
Arturian Grove email The Arturian Grove meets in the rural area of West/North Yorkshire. They follow the OBOD way of celebrating the passage of the seasons and meet on the nearest convenient Sunday to the solstices, equinoxes and the dates of the fire ceremonies, usually at Clifton Village Hall where they hold their ceremonies in the open air, weather permitting.