Club History

The club was founded in 1993. Originally there was a single monthly meeting (in Sutton-in-Ashfield) but this was soon increased at the request of the members to two meetings a month.

Many more formal clubs depend on demonstrations, talks and slideshows with just an occasional workshop. At Ashfield the emphasis is very much towards the informal and "hands on". Members regularly bring their own own material to meetings. The club caters for a wide range of experience in bonsai and welcomes new members. Advice is available from the more seasoned and creative members and we try to foster a relaxed, "family feel" with everyone having a say in the clubs affairs. Each year, however, we do invite one or two speakers of international fame to supplement our workshops and we occasionally organise weekend workshops with well known bonsai personalties. Presently our meetings are held in the comfortable and spacious church hall at South Normanton and new members are always welcome.

In 2014 the club members will continue to exhibit at major exhibitions, both at home and abroad. In particular, several trees owned by Ashfield members, have been accepted for display at the esteemed Noelanders Trophy Exhibition in Belgium. Also in the following month of February, the club has been invited to present a display stand at the Swindon Winter Image Show.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Calendar for the rest of 2018:

9th August          Evening at Tony’s
16th August        workshop
6th September    workshop
20th September  Club Show
4th October         workshop
18th October       workshop
1st November     workshop
15th November   Auction and Auction Tree Show
6th December     Workshop
20th December   Workshop

Friday, 3 August 2018

We are still here

August 2018

We are still here!, forgive us for the lack of posts, we lost the password.

The club is still very busy and active, we still meet 7:30pm every 1st and 3rd Thursday at St Michael's & All Angels Church Hall, South Normanton, DE55 2B, and we travel widely to UK and international shows. This year the highlight (so far!) was a trip in May to the Italian international bonsai show in Arco (lake Garda) Italy for a long weekend and some amazing bonsai and Italian food in a lovely setting.

We are still a "hands on" club, bring a tree, work on it at your own pace or ask for help or advice, our members have trees that range from beginner to international show level (but still learning).

Come and have a laugh, make friends, and develop your trees.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Annual club show 2016

Another year passes, and here we are at the club show again.
Here are the pictures of the trees that were bought along.

 Paul Warder wins best in show for his shohin Cotoneaster
 Ted wins best large tree for his Japanese Maple
 Ted wins best chuhin for his Korean Hornbeam
 Chuhin Japanese Maple
 Chuhin Azalea
 Best Chuhin, Korean Hornbeam
 Scots pine
 Scots Pine
 English Hawthorn
 Scots Pine group planting
 Crab apple
 Japanese Maple, winner of best large tree
Itoigawa juniper
 Cotoneaster  best shohin and winner of best in show

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Annual Club Show September 2015

It's been some time since our last post, so what better way to make a comeback than with pictures from our annual show.
What a turn out it was, one of our bet shows for some time.

My apologies for the quality of the pictures with the black background, my camera just couldn't handle it.


Chinese Elm
Prunus ?
 Crab Apple ?
Chinese Elm
Trident Maple (Winner of Shohin Class)
Itoigawa Juniper


Mugo Pine
Japanese Maple

Cotoneaster (Winner of Chuhin Class)

Mugo Pine


Korean Hornbeam
Kishu Juniper
English Hawthorn raft (Winner of Dai Class)
Club secretary Derek awards John Pitt for winner of the shohin (trident Maple) and dai class (English Hawthorn raft)
John Brocklehurst receives the award for winner of chuhin class and Best in Show (Cotoneaster)
Best in show, Cotoneaster is awarded the Dave Oliver memorial shield.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Peter Warren comes to Ashfield Bonsai Club

Peter Warren joined us at our last meeting.
He critiqued members trees, discussing the positive and negative aspects of each tree and offering possible improvements to the trees owner.
Another thoroughly enjoyable and informative evening was had with all members coming away with a better idea of how to develop their tree further.

Plenty of material for Peter to critique
The Ashfield massive
Lamb to the slaughter
Pete Tomb's Scot's pine
John Pitt's Scots pine
Paul's Berberis, Plan A failed, discussing Plan B
John's Carpinus....before
And after
Caz's Cork bark Maple on rock
Chris Dodd's Trident Maple on rock
Mike Rose's Yew

Tony's Juniper requires a change of angle
Mark's Maple
Paul's white Pine

Derek's Scots pine
Geoff's Mugo pine....before

And after removing several branches
Caz's Maple