The Federation of British Bonsai Societies

Bonsai News

Issue No 21 December 2017 - January 2018
FoBBS Committee & Contact Details
Malcolm Hughes          Chairman                   
David Cheshire             Vice Chairman
                                     Bonsai News Editor    
Judith Davison              Secretary                   
Denise Baum-Pick        Treasurer                   
Mark Moreland              Regional Diary Compiler
Ming Chen Moreland
Peter Fielding                New Talent Coordinator
Reg Bolton
Barry Walker                 FNBC Chairman         
Kath Hughes                 WBFF Diary Compiler
Nigel Wright                  FoBBS Webmaster 
Ramblings of the Editor...          David Cheshire
Welcome to the 21st edition of FoBBS Bonsai News, firstly I would like to draw your attention to the new system using mail chimp to produce and distribute our newsletter. The mail chimp system will allow us to manage our distribution, sign up and efficiency while hopefully helping to provide you with a much better resource. As the editor of the newsletter for FoBBS, I hope to spend much more time on improving the layout but this will have to be done as and when time permits.
It is always difficult to obtain content regarding shows and exhibitions, but we hope that you will continue to support us by providing information on your own clubs activities. We also welcome submissions of articles relating to bonsai, you may just send pictures with a few notes and I will happily put something together, so don't feel that you need to be an expert in writing to submit information.  This is a resource to promote your societies activities and hopefully gain new members. Please remember this newsletter can be received by anyone, not just FoBBS member societies.

David Cheshire - Editor FoBBS Bonsai News

The Federation of British Bonsai Societies

A Reflection of Change - Malcolm Hughes
The year 2017 brings to an end my period as Chairman of the Federation (FoBBS). It has been an interesting stint that was scheduled to end in early 2015 but for the very sudden and unfortunate death of my Vice-Chairman, Ray Ward who would have succeeded me in the Chairman’s role. As a consequence I have had to carry on for a further two years. David Cheshire, the current Vice-Chairman, is now prepared to stand for election as Chairman; he has considerable experience and will do a good job if elected.
My involvement with FoBBS started with its conception in 1982 when I attended the initial meetings in London, where a group of like-minded individuals gathered to formulate a federation representing British bonsai societies. Peter Brown became the first Chairman and shortly after, I joined the Committee in 1984. My first term as Chairman started in 1989 and ended in 1992, with my having no plans for returning.
Circumstances, however, were to change; FoBBS was to go through a difficult phase due to diminishing Committee numbers and a situation which nearly resulted in huge financial liabilities falling upon the shoulders of the then existing Committee. As a result, I was volunteered to be part of an interim Committee, set up to resolve the problems and subsequently was elected to head up the new Committee in 2010. This Committee has now put FoBBS back on a sound financial footing and helped to move it forward.
Over the years, bonsai in the U.K. has changed dramatically. Initially, when FoBBS was first established in 1982, it had fifteen member societies. When I concluded my first period as Chairman in 1992, that number had increased to 90 societies with some of those societies having a membership in the 100’s.
Since then times have changed; this does not mean there is less interest in the hobby – it just means that many people are accessing the hobby in different ways. Society numbers have diminished; in fact, some of those earlier societies no longer exist. Some might venture to say that younger people view clubs and societies as the venue of the “oldies”, entrenched in their ways and perhaps, even fearing change! Thus that younger generation learn their bonsai from other sources such as websites or by attending schools of bonsai established by our national teachers and experts.
None of this is bad for bonsai – in many ways this provides the means for some to gain their appreciation of bonsai and the skills that go with it without the need to find a society; clearly this is beneficial for bonsai because it is available to all.
But it is not necessarily good from the standpoint of the societies and thereby FoBBS itself. Many of those societies were established in the 1970’s and 80’s, and those members who have remained in those societies are that much older. The last 40 years have seen a transformation on the British bonsai scene, both in terms of the approaches to teaching bonsai and the improved quality of the trees. In order to maintain such progress there is a need to encourage a younger generation to come on board; by that means, clubs and societies would be better able to move forward as we progress further into the 21st Century. Regardless of peoples’ views, the bonsai societies will always have their place.
Malcolm Hughes. - Chairman FoBBS
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Friends of the National Bonsai Collection

The National Bonsai Collection
Located at Birmingham Botanical Gardens the Collection was established in 1991, originally by the Federation of British Bonsai Societies and funded by monies raised by private donations from individuals who became known as the Friends of the National Collection and supplemented by the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, providers of the venue.
The National Bonsai Collection was officially opened by the Japanese Consul-General Mr Yamazaki, in 1993. This represented a big step in British bonsai at the time; it was the first public collection of its type, and its formation was as a result of many years of hard work and fund raising to turn an idea into reality.
The Collection is open not only to the dedicated enthusiast, but also to the many thousands of visitors to the Gardens. It is also a significant part of their educational programme and visited by dozens of schools each year. The trees on display reflect examples of the different species and styles associated with this living horticultural art form. For most of the first ten years the trees were all on loan from private owners. Currently all of the trees present in the Collection are owned by FNBC, which is now an educational charity (Charity no. 1008203), having been donated, bequeathed or purchased over the years.
Day to day care and maintenance of the trees is carried out by gardening staff at the Botanical Gardens. More significant maintenance of the Collection is done by volunteers from local societies, and supervised by FNBC committee members. Anyone interested in assisting can contact the FNBC for details, help is always welcome. The specialised training and if necessary styling of trees is now done out by a working group selected by the FNBC committee, utilising individuals with specialist knowledge. A regular training programme is organised to aid general maintenance by the gardeners. Where necessary there is a programme of improvements for the display area; recently this has included re-boarding the display surfaces and the installation of a display podium for the Bill Horan juniper group.

Barry Walker - Chairman FNBC
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Image shows the new display stand for the Bill Horan group.
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ASPAC - Taiwan November 2017 - Mark & Ming Chen Moreland
Taiwan 4-7Nov17
14th Asia-Pacific Bonsai & Viewing Stone Show
Bonsai International Club Convention
22nd Hwa-Fong National Bonsai Exhibition 
We arrived Taiwan Taoyuan Airport and one of many coaches over two days ferried 600 plus foreign VIP visitors from over 50 plus countries, in a southerly direction on the main highway to the middle of the Taiwan.  The weather was broken clouds with a humid 25c temperature, locals in there coats and us foreigners in T-shirts, we all settled into our hotels for the first night, wondering what delights were in stall for us the next day.
This show must have been logistically a nightmare to organise, 3 big shows spread out over 6 locations, with up to 2 hours sometimes traveling by coach between shows plus dining areas. This constant traveling between locations was somewhat tiresome, some people say its the journey not the destination that counts, well this was the opposite, what destinations. We were there for the bonsai, and all 6 locations had incredible trees, the quality was one thing, but what knocked you back was the sheer quantity of quality trees. Most Taiwan trees, like the Chinese trees seem to be big, most reaching the standard height of a metre and needing a fork lift to move them. They let us get use to the norm and as if too prove to us visiting foreigners what they can do with a big tree they can also do with a small trees, at several locations Shohin trees were on display in abundance. At the same time, 2 of the locations had stone viewing areas, one in particular a hall the size of the average UK sports centre, crammed with stone displays of all types.  After the main four day show was over, those of us on the BCI arranged tour which followed the show, left heading to the  very south of the island and then returning to Taipei up the east coast, staying at different hotels and visiting more bonsai places of interest. The highlight of the tour for us, was another fantastic stone show and then a visit to one of the biggest private collections of bonsai trees apparently in the world, and I would not argue with this statement. The coaches drove down a small dirt track, through some security gates and into what seemed like the back entrance of a nursery, well perhaps an under statement it would be better to be  described as a farm. On leaving the coaches we walked down a drive with on one side hundreds of metre high carved Taiwan Junipers standing on their own concrete pillars,  and then on the other side hundreds of field growing Junipers. We followed the drive around the garden, area after area of the same, it was almost unbelievable when one of the visitors who had arrived earlier, coming back down the drive towards us with a big smile said, you think this is good, wait till you get to the end of the drive, the good trees are there? Sure enough 400 metres further on, mind blowing trees, any one of these 200-300 trees could have won Noelanders, you could have spent all day here, but sadly we only had 2 hours. Eventually we had traveled full circle and arrived back in the north in the capital of Taipei. Here we attended the opening ceremony of the new Taiwan Bonsai Museum situated at Ami Langs garden, the bonsai village and the weekend Bonsai/Flower market the place to buy tools, stands and everything horticultural.  Ming and myself know how good Taiwan bonsai can be, we visit the island on a regular basis, but rarely do we see other UK visitors making the same journey, this time was different, if you meet one of them, pick their brains. Hope you enjoy some of the pictures below.
Thanks for reading, best wishes Mark & Ming Chen Moreland
UK FoBBS Member Societies
Accrington & District Bonsai Society
Meetings - 1st Tues 7.30pm start.
Hippings Vale Community Centre, Oswaldtwistle, Lancs
Contact: or
01772 422247

Aka Matsu School of Bonsai
Meetings - 1st Thur 7.15pm start.
Seaton Community Centre, Seaton, Seaham, Co Durham
Contact: Jim Butterworth or
01642 713782

Ambion Bonsai Club
Meetings - last Thurs 7.30pm start. except June & December.
Hatters Space, Upper Abbey Street, Nuneaton, CV11
Contact: or O2476 368308

Ashfield Bonsai Club
Meetings - 1st & 3rd Thur 7.30pm start.
St Michaels & All Saints Church Hall, The Rectory Gardens,
South Normanton.

Bedfordshire Bonsai Society
Meetings - 1st Wednesday, 7.30pm start.
Meetings March - October
Poplars Garden Centre, Toddington.
Contact: John Trinder 07860 682161 or
Mick Glenister 07931 894956

Berkshire Bonsai Society
Meetings - 2nd Wed
Barkham Village Hall
Contact: Tania Clentworth,
or 07817 418708

Blackmore Vale Bonsai Group
Meetings - 2nd Friday
New Rememberance Hall, Charlton, SP7 0PL

Bridgend Bonsai Society
Meetings - 1st Tue 7:00pm start.
The Church Hall, Pyle Road, Pyle,
Bridgend. CF33 6PG
Contact: Gwyneth Vincent,
or 01656 745087

Bury St. Edmunds & Cambridge Bonsai Club
Meetings - 3rd Mon 7:30 pm start. except December
Morton Hall Community Centre, Symonds Road, Bury St
Edmunds, Suffolk IP32 7EW
Contact: Andrew Ryland, or
07769 184075

Cardiff Bonsai Society
Meetings - 3rd Tue
Christchurch Scout Hall, Roath Park,
Cardiff CF23 5QN
Contact: Anne Campbell,,
02920 484892

Cheshire Bonsai Society
Meetings - 3rd Mon, 7.45pm start
Little Budworth Village Hall, Booth Avenue, Little Budworth
Contact: Elizabeth Scott,

Chichester & District Bonsai Society
Meetings - 2nd Thur 7.30pm start
The Bassil Shippam Centre, Tozer Way, St. Pancras,
Chichester, West Sussex. PO19 7LG.
Contact: Martyn Collinson,
or 01243 785356

Chiltern Bonsai Society
Meetings - 2nd Mon 7.45pm start.
Hazlemere C of E School Amersham Rd High Wycombe
Contact: Mike Pegg,, or
07887 952611

Crawley Horticultural Society Bonsai Club
Meetings - 3rd Thur 8.00pm start.
CH Society Hall, Ifield Avenue, West Green, Crawley,
Contact: Pam Reed,, or 01293

Dai-ichi Bonsai Club
Meetings - 1st Mon except Jan
Shenfield, Parish Hall, Hutton Road , Essex
Contact: Mr Tim Johnson, tim_johnson_byron@hotmail., or 01277 217718

Derby & District Bonsai Society
Meetings - last Wed except Dec
Grange Hall Community Centre, Park Lane, Littleover
Contact: Lin Young,, 01159

Dragon Bonsai Society
Meetings - Each Sunday 10 am till 4pm
Bonllwyn Aquatic & Garden Centre.
120 LLandybie Road, Ammanford, SA18 2EE
Contact: Peter Parsons,, 01792 872201

Durham Tees Valley Bonsai Club
3rd Tuesday, monthly (excluding August) at 7.15pm in the Youth Extension
St. Mary’s Church Hall, Norton Green, Norton, STOCKTON-ON-TEES, TS20 1DT
Contact: Neil Crawford email:
Tel No:01642 763720 Mobile:07859 013690

Eastbourne & Wealden Bonsai Society
Meetings - 2nd Mon 7:30pm
St Mary’s Church Hall, Decoy Drive, Hampden Park,
Eastbourne, BN22 9PP
Contact: Brian Dale, or 01323 731369

Fenland Bonsai Club
Meetings - 3rd Friday of the Month
Newton Village Hall, Church Lane, Newton, Cambs,
PE13 5HF
Contact: Dennis Rudd,,
07340 534186

Friends of Bonsai Northern Ireland
Meetings - 1st Saturday of every month 10am-1pm
George Green Hall, Rathgill Parade, Bangor, Co Down
Contact: Jean Macintyre,, or
02891 273892

Glynderi Bonsai Group
Meetings - 2nd & 4th Friday 7.00pm
Oakdale Community Centre, Penrhiw Avenue , Oakdale,
Blackwood, Gwent NP12 0NH
Contact: Keith Wilson,,
or 01495 224301

Heart of England Bonsai Society
Meetings - 3rd Tues
Cubbington Village Hall, Broadway
Contact: Marion Disbery,, or
01676 534944

Ipswich Bonsai Society
Meetings - 2nd. Friday
Kesgrave Community Hall, Kesgrave, Nr. Ipswich
Contact: Gill Milbourne,,
or 01473 742880

Kent Bonsai Club
Meetings - 2nd Weds 7.30pm
Rough Common Village,Rough Common Canterbury,
Kent . CT2 9BS
Contact: Adrian Long,
Tel: 07710615861

Leicestershire Bonsai Society
Meetings - Last Tues.7.30 pm
Wigston Primary School, Meadow Way, Wigston, Leics.
Contact: Mike Konig,, or
07568 503361

Maidstone Bonsai Society
Meetings - 1st. Monday
Madginford Hall, Egremont Rd, Bearsted, Kent, ME15
Contact: Tom Butterworth, butterworth46@hotmail., 01622 741888

Middlesex Bonsai Society
Meetings - 3rd Tuesday 7.30pm start.
South Harrow Methodist Church, Walton Avenue, South
Harrow, Middlesex, HA2 8QU

Midland Bonsai Society
Meetings - 1st Thur 7.30pm start
Moseley Cricket Club, Streetsbrook Road, Shirley, Solihull,
B90 3PE
at 7.30pm
Contact: Richard Gilkes 07803 593024

Milton Keynes Bonsai Society
Meetings - 7:30 pm, 2nd Monday except Jan and Aug
Reform Synagogue Hall, 1 Hainault Drive, Giffard Park,
Milton Keynes, MK14 5PQ
Contact: Mrs. Anne Robinson,,
01908 631109

National Bonsai Society
Meetings - 3rd Tuesday each Month 7:30pm
Church Hall of St. George’s United Reform Church
Lord Street, Southport, PR9 0NP
Contact: Stephen Holland,,
01519 338757

Newbury & District Bonsai Society
Meetings - 1st Wednesday except Jan
Speen Parish Hall, Speen Lane, Newbury
Contact: Dave Cleveland, newbury.bonsai@btinternet.
com, 0118 9833188

Norfolk Bonsai Society
Meetings - 2nd Wednesday at 7:30 pm
Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane
Postwick, Norfolk, NR13 5HL
Contact: Richard Marjoram, r.marjoram@btinternet.
com, 01502 581414

North London Bonsai Group
Meetings - 2nd Tuesday 7.30pm, most months
Capel Manor College, EN1 4RQ
Contact: Bill Hallworth,, 020
8524 6320

North Staffs & Stoke Bonsai Group
Meetings - 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7.30 p.m
Temple Street Methodist Church Hall,
Temple Street, Fenton, STOKE-ON-TRENT, ST4 4NW.
Contact: Nigel Manning,, 07426
441 211

Northern Ireland Bonsai Society
Meetings - 2nd Friday
Cregagh Library, 413 Cregagh Road , Belfast
Contact: Kristofer Stoker, kristofer_stoker@hotmail.
com, 07835 951566

Northamptonshire Bonsai Society
Meetings - 1st Thursday of the month 19:00 to 22:00
Weston Favell Parish Hall, Booth Lane South,
Northampton, NN3 3NS
Contact: Martin Gregory, secretary@northamptonshirebonsaisociety., 01604 407265

North West Kent Bonsai Society
Meetings - 2nd. Friday
Whiteoaks Indoor Bowling Centre, Garrolds Close,
Swanley, Kent
Contact: Peter Mitchell, peter.mitchell607@ntlworld.
com, 01502 663076

Phoenix Bonsai Group
Meetings - By invitation only
Contact: Allan Tolley,, 07709

Redditch Bonsai Society
Meetings - 3rd Thursday
Webheath Village Hall, Heathfield Road, Webheath, Redditch,
B97 5SQ
Contact: Richard Gilkes 07803 593024

Salisbury Bonsai Society
Meetings - 1st Monday 7.45pm start.
Laverstock Village Hall

Shropshire Bonsai Society
Meetings - 4th Tuesday 7:30-10pm
St Giles Church Hall, Springfield Estate, Shrewsbury,
Contact: Karen Scurry,, 01743

Solent Bonsai Society
Meetings - Last Friday 7:30 pm
Wallington Village Hall, Broadcut, Fareham, Hants (Nr
Contact: Keith Hartley,, 02392

Southend Bonsai Society
Meetings - 3rd Thursday 7.00pm - 10:00pm
Hullbridge Community Centre, Pooles Lane, Hullbridge,
Hockley, Southend, SS5 6PA
Contact: Mike Tautz,, 01268

South Staffs Bonsai Society
Meetings - 3rd Tuesday
Walmley Community Hall, Crawford Road, B76 1NP
Meetings in the form of workshops with occasional
speakers; beginners welcome

South Worcester Bonsai Society
Meetings - 2nd Tuesday 7.30pm start.
Clains British Legion, Cornmeadow Lane, Worcester.
Contact: 07761 440078

South Yorkshire Bonsai Society
Meetings - 3rd Monday 7.30pm start.
Whirlow Hall Farm, Whirlow Lane, Sheffield,
S11 9QF.
Contact: or info@southyorksbonsai.

Stourbridge Bonsai Society
Meetings - 2nd Sunday Jan - Nov.
Bonded Warehouse, Stourbridge, DY8 4LU
New Members welcome.
Contact: Maurice 07415 158167

Surrey Heath Bonsai Society
Meetings - 1st Tuesday 7.30pm start
Pirbright Village Hall, The Green, Pirbright, Surrey,
GU24 0JE

Sussex Bonsai Group
Meetings - 4th Wed 8.00pm start.
Wivelsfield Village Hall, Wivelsfield, RH17 7QH

Sutton Bonsai Society
Meetings - Last Thursday of the month
4th.Ewell Scout Hall
Contact: Daryn Grossmith,,
07789 995746

Swindon and District Bonsai Society
Meetings - 2nd Tuesday ex Dec. 7.30 start.
Coleview Community Centre, Towcester Road, Swindon,
Wiltshire, SN3 4AS
Contact:, 07982 401103

Taunton and Somerset Bonsai Club
2nd Wednesday of the month
United Reformed Church, Paul Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3PF
Contact: Michael Cooper
Tel No:    01458 210796 

Tees Valley Bonsai Society
Meetings - 3rd Tuesday, excluding August at 7.15pm in the Youth Extension.
St. Mary’s Church Hall, Norton Green, Norton, STOCKTON-
Contact: Graham Walker, graham.walker11@ntlworld.
com, 01287 637734

Vale of Clwyd Bonsai Society
Meetings - 2nd Sunday
Level Lane Community Centre, Level Lane, Hawarden,
Contact: Mark, 07500 005337

Warminster Bonsai Club
Meetings - 3rd Thursday 7.45pm start.
Christ Church Hall, Upper Marsh Road, Warminster,
Wiltshire, BA12 9PJ or

Wessex Bonsai Society
Meetings - 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7.30 followed by
4th Sunday morning of the month
Kinson Community Centre, Millhams Road, Kinson,
Bournemouth, BH10 7LH
Contact: Julie Collins,,
07870 114760

Wirral Bonsai Society
2nd Wednesday of each month.
R.A.F.A. Club 
Alton Road, Oxton, Birkenhead.
Contact: Arthur Roche,
Tel No:07546 466888
Website: Wirral Bonsai Blog

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Bonsai Shows & Exhibitions
3&4th Feb 2018
Noelanders Bonsai Show
Genk, Belgium.
25th Feb 2018
Swindon Bonsai Society Winter Image Show
Stratton Leisure Centre, Grange Drive, Stratton St Margaret, Swindon, Wiltshire. SN3 4JY.
Adm: £5 1000-1600.hrs
Contact: Paul Bowerbank 07982.401103

18th Mar 2018
Bonsai Car Boot Sale

Birmingham Botanicial Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham. B15 3TR.
Adm: FREE  0800-1200.hrs
Contact: Kim Turton 01543.685600

24th & 25th Mar 2018
Sutton Bonsai Club.
Wisley Gardens, Wisley Lane,
Wisley, Surrey. GU23 6QB
Adm: £ tba  1000-1630.hrs
Contact: Andy Jordan  07958.372101
8th Apr 2018
Expo Bonsai UK
Harlington Sports Centre, Pinkwell Lane,
Harlington, Middlesex. UB3 1PB.
Adm: £5   1000-1600.hrs
Contact: Mark Moreland 07850.771201
15th Apr 2018
Bonsai Traders Association
Ryton On Dunsmore, Coventry. CV8 3FL.
Adm: FREE  1000-1700.hrs
Contact: Corin Tomlinson 0115.9205757

13th May 2018 (12th May 2019)
Surrey Heath Bonsai Show
Lord Pirbright Hall, The Green, Pirbright, Surrey. GU24 0JE.
Adm £2/£1 1000-1600.hrs
Contact: Chris Rhodes 01276.20893
20th May 2018 (19th May 2019)
Middlesex Bonsai Show
Woodford Hall, Poplars Close, Ruislip,
Middlesex.HA4 7BU.
Adm: £2 1030-1545.hrs
Contact: Roger Gibbs 07542.594557
25-28th May 2018
Greenwood 40th Anniversary Event
Ollerton, Arnold, Nottingham, NG5 8PR.
Entry: Free 1000-1700.hrs
Contact: Corin Tomlinson 0115.9205757
Email: office&
3rd Jun 2017
Chiltern Bonsai Show
Liston Hall, Chapel Street, Marlow,
Buckinghamshire. SL7 1DD.
Adm: £2  0930-1600.hrs
Contact: Amnon Paldi 07801.183316

9&10th Jun 2018
Mid-Herts Bonsai Club Show
Kingsbury Barn, Branch Road,
St Albans.. Hertfordshire. AL3 4SE.
Adm: Free 1100-1700.hrs
Contact: Geoff Conybeare 07528.614826
10th Jun 2018 (9th Jun 2019)(14th Jun 2020)
Bonai South West Show.
The Pavilion, The Esplanade,
Exmouth.EX8 2AZ.
Adm: £2.50. 1000-1630.hrs
Contact: Brian Mackichan 01392.437525
10th Jun 2018
Eastbourne & Wealden Bonsai Show
Herstmonceus Village Hall,  Herstmoncues,
East Sussex. BN27 4JX.
Adm: £2.50 1000-1600.hrs
Contact: Brian Dale 01323.731369
23&24th Jun 2018
Bedfordshire Bonsai Society Show
Poplars Garden Centre, Harlington Road, Bedfordshire. LU5 6HE.
Contact: John Trinder 07860.682161

24th Jun 2018
Bristol Bonsai Show
Failand Village Hall, Oxhouse Lane,
Failand, BS8 3TS.
Adm:  Adults £4 Under 16s £2
Times: 1000-1630.hrs
Contact: Dan Barton  07914.806444
1st Jul 2018
Salisbury Bonsai  30th Anniversary Show
Salisbury Auction Centre, Netherhampton Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire. SP2 8RH.
Adm: £ tba,  Times: 1000-1700.hrs
Contact: Rita Molland 01722.336401
7&8th Jul 2018 (6&7th Jul 2019) (4&5th Jul 2020)
Chichester Bonsai Club Show
Manor Nursery, Pagham Road, Runcton,
Chichester. PO20 1LJ.
£ FREE  1000-1700 & 1000-1500.hrs
Contact: Frank Weaver 01243.586195
8th Jul 2018
North London Bonsai Group Summer Show
Capel Manor, Bullsmoor Lane,
Enfield, Middlesex. EN1 4RQ.
Adm: £6 1000-1600.hrs
Contact: Ray Powell 07927.346294
29th Jul 2018
Staverton Bonsai Table Top Sale
39 Staverton, Trowbridge,
Wiltshire. BA14 6PA.
Adm: Free. Times: 1000-1600.hrs
Contact: Chris Jefferys 07954.820970 
9th Sep 2018
East Anglian Bonsai Show
Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre,
Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave,
Suffolk. IP5 1JF.
Adm: tba. Times: 1030-1600.hrs
Contact: Dave Fryer 07749.801297
14-16th Sep 2018
Greenwood Bonsai Bash Show
Ollerton, Arnold, Nottingham, NG5 8PR.
Entry: Free 1000-1700.hrs
Contact: Corin Tomlinson 0115.9205757
Email: office&
21st Oct 2018 (20th Oct 2019)
Heathrow Bonsai Show
Harlington Sports Centre, Pinkwell Lane,
Harlington, Middlesex. UB3 1PB.
Adm: £3 Children -12 FREE   1000-1600.hrs
Contact: Mark Moreland 07850.771201
Please check info before travelling any great distance
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8th Heathrow Bonsai Show 22nd October 2017
by Roger Gibbs
As you travelled around the Heathrow area prior to the show the signs for the show started to appear and in fact all roads led to the Harlington Sport Centre last Sunday 22 nd.
When we arrived on the Sunday the halls were all set up and there was a general hive of activities. People struggling with trees, barrows loaded up with trees and within the hour all the displays were set up and the traders all had their wares laid out trying to tempt you to buy the pots you liked but did not have a tree to go in it and before you knew it you had the tree as well.
This show from its concept has been a show for clubs, this year 35 clubs had displays  of 365 trees by 165 club members . I looked back to when we started in 2001 there were 3 clubs present. The club displays and standard of trees on display have improved considerably since the first show.
John Hanby was there and did demo’s during the day he created a Forest display in a large piece of rock in the morning and in the afternoon he did talks on a number of trees explaining how to look after them and styling of the trees.
Thank you to everyone who bought a raffle ticket and congratulations to Clive Osborne from the Swindon Club the lucky winner of this superb Remembrance pot designed by Andrew Pearson of Stone Monkey Ceramics which has raised £850 for a well-deserved charity of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
There were two competitions on the day one for exhibitors and one for visitors to vote for their favourite tree the winners were
Derek Archer from Bury– St-Edmunds Bonsai Club whose Yew was voted favourite tree in both categories.
Visitors Vote
2nd Juniper Jonathan Cook    Sutton Bonsai Club
Joint 3rd
Ezo Spruce  Chris Durne   Bonsai Kai
Atlantic Cedar Tony Moore   Blackmore Vale Bonsai Club
Exhibitors Vote
Joint 2nd
 Maple  Malcolm Driffield    Salisbury Bonsai Society
Fagus Sylvaticus  Purpurea  John Turner Pheonix Bonsai Group
Joint 3rd
Rhus  Amelia Williams   Warminster Bonsai Society
Trident Maple  Nick Payne  Berkshire Bonsai Society
Pine  John Turner  Pheonix Bonsai Group
There was a display of Suiseki Stones by the British Society and vintage pots by Mai Bonsai.
As you walked towards the hall there was a pleasant aroma of burgers being cooked and there was a queue all day for drinks and burgers.
Overall a really successful show and there was talk about next year. The hall is already booked for Sunday 21st October 2018 so put the date in your diary.
Finally these  type of shows do not happen on their own so on behalf of everyone who was there heartfelt thanks to the team who put the show together and cleared up afterwards  when we have all gone home.
More pictures will be added to our web site
Yew - Derek Archer from Bury St-Edmunds Bonsai Club 
Trees from the 8th Heathrow Bonsai Show 2017
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Expo Bonsai UK 2018. 
April 8th. 2018.  10.00am - 4.00pm. 
Admission: £5.
Harlington Sports Centre, Pinkwell Lane, Harlington. UB3 1PB.

We felt the need for a quality show for individuals in the south of England run along the same lines as the already successful Heathrow Bonsai Show but for individual exhibitors rather than clubs. The aim is to give each exhibitor a chance to show a quality tree and display it to the best of their ability within a good size area. There will be approximaterly 100 trees on show. The show is being run with the full support of The Heathrow Bonsai Show and indeed uses their current venue and show benches/cloth for its first event. At this point in time submissions have finished and  we have a list of possible exhibitors wanting to display at this show, over the next few weeks a team of  people will have the arduous task of choosing who will  and who will not be included this time.  We can confirm the event is being supported by 34 traders from all over the UK, some selling pots, some selling trees and some both, plenty of choice whatever your bonsai needs. If you have not been to the venue before, its 5 minutes drive from Junction 4 on the M4 and well sign posted, plenty of off road parking and surrounded by hotels if your staying overnight.
Expo Bonsai UK 2018.  April 8th. 2018.  10.00am - 4.00pm.  Adm: £5.
Harlington Sports Centre, Pinkwell Lane, Harlington. UB3 1PB.
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