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

Saturday 17 March 2012

Peter Warren critiques, ( the polite term), members trees

Thursday 15th March 2012

As Mr Warren was in the area we jumped at the chance to have him come along to our meeting for one of his world famous critique sessions.
Shown below are pictures of the trees bought along by our members for advice / ridicule

Literati Spruce in the making.....Derek our awesome treasurer kindly donated some wire for this tree......he is recovering in Kings Mill Hospital and should be home by Friday.
 Deshojo Maple, soon to become half a Deshojo Maple
 White Pine, heading in the right direction
 Sweet little Plum......geddit ?
Chinese Elm planting purchased from our winter auction, recently re-potted and re-arranged by Tony.
Peter has advised to remove the rear right tree (and pot up as a shohin) and develop the other 2 trees as a twin tree planting.
Small Deshojo, Mr Warren controversially shows a finger !
He does enjoy his work......
 Geoff's Escallonia
 Geoff's 1/2 an Escallonia, it's no good trying to hide Mr Warren we can see you.
 An oldish plum in bloom.....aah the sweet fragrance
Peter suggests a change of potting angle, removed a couple of offending branches, creation of some more deadwood and take plenty of cuttings for grafting branches at a later date..........we can still see you.....he's crap at hide & seek
 Nice little collected Beech, not sure about the pot though !!
 Mr Warren practices his limbo technique for the upcoming Olympics
 Grahams needle juniper in need of a trim and some wiring to create layers
 Field Maple on rock
 Shohin size Honeysuckle
A confused Hawthorn, which doesn't know if it's coming or going.....we've now decided it's the right that is

We highly recommend Peter Warren to any clubs out there for workshops or critique nights similar to ours. Lots of valuable information is passed on and a good laugh is had by all.....oh and he's cheap !! just kidding.

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