Club History

The club was founded in 1993. Originally there was a single monthly meeting (in Sutton-in-Ashfield), 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 occasional workshops. 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 we invite one or two speakers of international fame to present to us, 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 2019 the club members will continue to exhibit at major exhibitions both at home and abroad, with trees enterred for the Swindon Winter Image show in February (where the club has also been invited to present a display stand), and at the Bonsai Expo in April.

Members will also be attending the Trophy Exhibition in Belgium in February, the Doncaster show in March and other shows throughout the year

Friday, 8 March 2019


Last night saw the first of our March meetings, the usual format of enthusiasts working on trees and taking advice and opinion from others. What was notable for me was the quality of trees being worked on, JB's Chojubai being one of the best.

Note the exhibition quality of the moss and which makes the average Nebari (according to JB) look terrific.

Monday, 25 February 2019


a good turnout for the long and very foggy drive to Swindon on sunday, for their terrific winter image show, a good number of quality trees on display as usual.

This was our club display:

Also congrats to our JP who pretty much cleaned up with awards for: best conifer, best tree and pot combination, best accent, and best overall individual display. An amazing japanese maple won best deciduous, but his elm (see the post before this one) must have been a very close second. Well done pal.

Also appreciation to JB who was one of the judges, and last seen in the car park eating hob nobs....


club night on Thursday 19th Feb was the usual workshop, but also our club winter image show.

First was John Pitts amazing chinese elm, in a pot he made for it:

Second was Pauls mulberry:

and third was my Deshojo, in a Reihou pot:

the eagle eyed among you will spot these photos are actually from our entries at the Swindon winter image show yesterday, (we forgot to take photos on thursday - our photographer was busy taking pictures of a bike rack...) But the strong club turnout and trees displayed at the Swindon show does show the depth of quality trees in the Ashfield club. 

Monday, 11 February 2019


Club Trip this weekend to the "Best of 20 Years of the Trophy" in Genk Belgium and we were all stunned by the high quality trees on display. No dodgy entries or charity cases this time, every tree on display was of the very highest standard.

Saturday afternoon found us in the demonstation hall and for me the highlight of the whole weekend: Ryan Niel flipped a juniper 135 degrees, converting a semi cascade into an upright for best use of the deadwood and amazing movement in the trunk. you can tell the original orientation by the pot angle.

Ryan went on to repot the tree on sunday to complete a stunning demonstration.

Congrats also to our John Pitt for having his Blackthorn accepted for the show. 

Thursday, 3 January 2019


Wire your pines

Clean and sharpen your tools

Plan which shows you will attend

Sort out what pots and soil you need for the imminent repotting season

Go out for a walk and look at the local trees for inspiration

Spray your trees with fungicide etc. (if Jin fluid then 20:1 for out of leaf deciduous, 40:1 evergreen)

Watch for trees drying out if in winter storage


Belgium Trophy exhibition (Genk) – 8th to 10th February

Swindon Winter Image Show – 24th February

Birmingham Botanical Gardens car boot - 17th March

Doncaster car boot and exhibition – 24th March

BONSAI EXPO Heathrow - 7th April (eight ABC trees accepted for the show)

BTA Coventry - 14th April (doddsy's favourite bonsai day of the year)

Greenwood Bonsai Maples weekend – 18/19 May

All British Bonsai Exhibition, Failand  - 18th August

Greenwood Bonsai Bash weekend – 7/8 Sept

UK National show, Bury - 14/15 Sept

Salieu Frane 2019 - 12/13 October

BTA Doncaster - 27th October

Kevin Wilson workshop. Date TBA.

Others to follow