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

Thursday 2 June 2011

The "Late Late Winter Image Show" at Ashfield Bonsai Club

We've depressed ourselves so much over the last 2 months talking about our trees that died after the lowest winter temperatures that many of us can remember, minus 17-18 deg for the best part of 2 weeks.
So we decided to make light of the situation and have a laugh at ourselves.
We present for you the "Late Late Winter Image Show" at Ashfield Bonsai Club.

Here are a small selection of our "ex" bonsai:

 Trident Maple on rock
 Shohin Trident Maple
 Japanese White Pine
For good measure we threw a couple of live ones in !

 Satsuki Azalea
Shohin Zelkova

We're sure that we aren't the only club that has suffered major tree losses this year due to the extreme cold.
We just hope that we don't get any more winters like the one just passed.

A conservative estimate of losses, (dead trees), sustained by club members is currently at £25,000 and win lose some !


  1. That makes shocking viewing! I feel for the owners. But I must say, what a great idea for a club night, at least you can console each other in your loses. I was telling a few mates about your late, late, Winter display, they had a good laugh at the concept. If only you could have a late late late Spring display as well! Keep blogging....

  2. Thanks Ian, it also made for good topical discussions regarding future winter protection, soil mixes etc......although we're hoping that the trees that didn't die after this last winter should live through anything...fingers crossed.