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Heathrow Bonsai Show

Sunday, 26th October 2014

We arrived at venue to be greeted by a very helpful and friendly group of people, all who seemed a little surprised to see me from up north! They were no more surprised than I was to find the information on the web was accurate, in that there were 17 societies, clubs or groups showing trees, as well as two individual displays. Add to this an impressive list 13 traders and a Suiseki display, you should be getting the impression that this was a show worth a visit.

Enjoying this show were 270 visitors (not including the children) plus club members of the displaying societies and you have a total of more than 350 people, a very good total for a venue in a school away from a town centre.

As far as the trees and displays are concerned, there were a lot of both, with many good quality trees, although I felt some of the displays were a little busy, hardly a surprise considering the relatively small hall. They were presented well, all clean, tidy and healthy, in good pots and mostly on stands, with accent plants - a credit to all displaying them.

In total there were in fact some 165 trees and around 20 stones on display, along with a good array of accent plants and plantings. A wide range of goods from collected trees, pots, stones, stands, feeds, and tools along with some established trees were to be found from the thirteen traders in the second hall.

During the day Paul Finch kept people entertained with his demo, styling a large pine and carving a privet trunk, both looked very good at the end of the day.

Whilst the show was not judged, what was done was to give each visitor a voting slip to pick their top three trees, with the honours going to a Cyprus on the Newbury Society stand. All credit to Mark and Ming Moreland for organising the event. How well they and their band of helpers did to pull this logistical miracle off, a very helpful group they all were. What most impressed me most was the degree of enthusiasm I could feel whilst talking to people, a day which I totally enjoyed, a day which I will certainly repeat next year. Congratulations to all involved.

Barry Walker Chairman,
South Staffs Bonsai Society

The following Fobbs member societies exhibited at this Show:

Bedfordshire Bonsai Society
Berkshire Bonsai Society
Chiltern Bonsai Society
Eastbourne & Wealden Bonsai Society
Middlesex Bonsai Society
Newbury & District Bonsai Society
Solent Bonsai Society
Surrey Heath Bonsai Society
Sussex Bonsai Group
Sutton Bonsai
Swindon Bonsai Society
The Bonsai Group
Wessex Bonsai Society.






Ray Ward

Ray Ward

It is with very great sadness and a tremendous sense of loss that we have to announce the very sudden death of Ray Ward, Vice Chairman of FOBBS. He died very suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday morning after being a fit and healthy Judge at Capel manor Show on Sunday. He will be very greatly missed by all the FoBBS committee and I am equally sure by Sussex Bonsai Group of whom he was a very long time member and the newer Crawley Bonsai Society of whom he was a founder member.

The work done for Bonsai by Ray enormous and the enthusiasm with which he threw himself into all he did will be remembered by all who knew him or with whom he came in contact. A man recently recognised on the FOBBS Roll of Honour; he will be remembered for his work and enthusiasm.

Our thoughts and wishes go out to his wife Peta and to his family and friends at this very sad time.

For those wishing to express their condolences, the e-mail address is: rayward140@btinternet.com

For those who had expressed a wish to attend, Ray's funeral will be at 10.30am on Thursday 30th October at Worth Crematorium, Balcombe Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 3NQ.  Rather than flowers, donations would be acceptable at Ray’s funeral.  Apparently, he was Chairman of the ‘Friends of Broadfield Park’, an organisation set up to commemorate the Queens Jubilee, and functioning to preserve natural recreational areas through conservation etc. Broadfield Park itself is located near Crawley.

Malcolm Hughes
Chairman of FoBBS


Our congratulations must go to the Cheshire Bonsai Society for their impressive display of bonsai at the R.H.S. Flower Show held at Tatton Park in late July 2014. All the judges were unanimous in their decision, and were particularly impressed with the quality and range of species and styles together with the overall impression of the stand. Most especially the impact made by the central Tokonoma, comprising of a shohin display.

Malcolm Hughes

The stand

The stand

The stand



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EBA Poster of next Convention

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Gardeners' World Live, 2014

Gardeners’ World Live, 2014 Congratulations go to the members of the five local bonsai societies from the Midlands region who staged on behalf of FoBBS a 74 ft. long stand at the recent R.H.S. Gardeners World Live event held at the National Exhibition Centre near Birmingham. The stand was one of four bonsai exhibits and proved to be a popular feature, in particular the central feature, based on a Japanese tokonoma comprising a spectacular Satsuki azalea. It also received a R.H.S. Gold Medal Award for the second consecutive year and is being short-listed for the Holford Medal, awarded to the best of those displays exhibited by amateur organisations or societies during the course of the year.

Particular thanks must to all those members of the Ambion, Midland, Redditch, South Staffs and South Worcester Bonsai Societies under the direction of David Cheshire, who assisted in the assembly of the stand, the provision of the thirty-nine trees displayed and for their time spent in manning the stand and speaking to the public over a very hectic five day period.


The overall view of the stand

2. The “assembly” team

The central tokonoma

FoBBS Gold Medal Award, R.H.S. Chelsea 2014

As in previous years, the Federation of British Bonsai Societies’ stand at the R.H.S. Chelsea Flower Show drew much attention from the general public. The two-tier stand, some 36 feet in length, comprised a total of twenty shohin-size and larger bonsai together with a small selection of mamé and accent plants.

Again, the Federation was successful in winning a Gold Medal award. Thanks must go to Reg Bolton and his team responsible for the design and assembly of the stand together with those who offered up trees for the display. Thanks also to those who manned the stand, and who answered the innumerable question from the public.


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