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

Monday 12 March 2012

Ashfield display wins award at the British Shohin Association show.

Ashfield Bonsai Club put on a display at the British Shohin Association show this weekend at Willowbog nursery.
We were very pleased to be awarded Best Collaborative Composition for the display shown below.

Ashfields award winning display:
Itoigawa Juniper, Cho jubai (quince), Zelkova & White Pine
Ashfield member John Pitt also won an award for his chuhin 3 point display.
John award winning display (Best display of non imported trees)
English Yew & English Elm
 I love this display, Mike Rose's Black Pine & Zelkova
John Brocklehurst's chuhin Hinoki & Potentilla
Peter Tombs stunning Itoigawa Juniper

Congratulations to the BSA for staging this great event which goes from strength to strength each year.
Many thanks to Peter & Jean Snart for allowing the event to be staged and for their hospitality.
Many thanks also to our friends Peter Warren and John Armitage who worked their nads off to ensure the event was a success.


  1. Well done Ashfield for producing such wonderful trees, really enjoyed them!

  2. Thanks very much Simon, we're glad you enjoyed our displays