The International Association of English speakers in the Gard

BritsNîmes is a non-profit making association of people interested in the English language.
Membership is open to individuals or families.

BritsNîmes organises regular social and cultural activities.
These are varied and designed to help people to get to know the area,
make new friends and meet local people.
Information is shared via our website, emails, monthly newsletters and Facebook.

attracts members from many nationalities.
Some have lived in the area for many years, others are recent arrivals.
The regular get togethers allow everybody to exchange experiences about life in France.

is always delighted to have new members.
By joining BritsNîmes contact with other members in English can be both a pleasure and an experience, while a helping hand when in need is always welcome.
All nationalities welcome.

All BritsNîmes activities are canceled

till further notice !

Special Events


A  blooming great day out at the
Botanical Gardens of La Gardie, Rousson

Sunday 15 September, 2019
  Meet at the entrance at 10.00am

Discover the themed gardens of La Gardie with a botanical and ethnobotanical walk, led by your hosts Francis Lagarde  and Suzette Blandina, the organisers of today's visit.
 After the original visit of 8 May was rained out,  the Arc'Avène Association are kindly organising a new visit for BritsNîmes members on Sunday 15 September.  It may not be the best time to see all the flowers in bloom, but we guarantee it will be very interesting!
 The visit will be followed by a picnic in the park.
The Jardins Ethnobotaniques de la Gardie are botanical gardens located in a former schoolyard at the Pont d’Avène. Organised as a series of woodland clearings illustrating the rural ethnobotany of the Cévennes, the gardens feature orchards and cereals of yesteryear, botanical, medieval and herb gardens, beehives, dry stone walls and a charcoal kiln. The gardens contain a range of local heirloom plants, including more than 60 varieties of vines, 23 types of olive trees; fruits and berries including arbutus, elderberry, jujube, loquat and mulberry, together with vegetables from the Middle Ages including cabbage, chicory, leeks, lettuce, onions, spinach, turnips and white beans.

Bring your own picnic lunch, and we’ll enjoy a picnic together in the park

Jardins ethnobotaniques de la Gardie
( hameau de La Gardie)  30340 Rousson.
GPS : 
Lat : 44.2067229 , Long : 4.142675000000054.

Go to Alès

Take the ringroad in Alès toward Abenas-Mende (green signs),and  at the last roundabout you will see a big bakery named "La grange de Nathalie” on your right and the Alès Hospital on your left. Take Aubenas (green sign), follow the direction Aubenas- Saint Ambroix on the D 904. Three km after Les Rosiers,  turn left to the Prehistorama, then continue about 500 m right ahead on the same road and turn left to Jardins ethnobotaniques de la Gardie. 


Booking / Registration Procedures 

Please note that the group is limited to 20 persons
Entrance fee : Free

Step 1 : You
Send an email to stating “Gardens of la Gardie” requesting number of places to be booked, names of all participants, (and whether Members or Guests)… and giving your mobile phone number in case we need to call you.

       Step 2 : Véronique
She will email you confirming that your booking is being held in your name.

We look forward to you joining us for this special visit!


The term Event(s) in this Disclaimer is any group activity and related travel organised, undertaken or provided by the Association, and/or outside suppliers in its name. Participants in any Event do so at their own risk to themselves and their property, and it is their responsibility to have the necessary insurances.  No responsibility is implied or taken by the Association during Events for; Participants’ accident, sickness and/or third party liability; nor for negligence on the part of other Participants and/or any person working on behalf of the Association; nor for inaccuracies of information in Invitations or Notices; nor for changes to itineraries, level of difficulty, cancellations, and/or other changes, which may be made without prior notice; nor for damage to or loss of Participants’ own or third parties’ property, including vehicles; nor for any other liabilities and/or risks arising in association with an Event. By joining an Event, participants are deemed to have agreed to the terms and conditions in this Disclaimer, and they and/or their representatives agree to exonerate and waive any subrogation towards the Association and/or its Event Coordinators, and/or other Participants, for any liabilities and/or claims that may arise from participation in an Event.