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 10 September 2012

Ashfield display at Greenwood Bonsai Studio

We were lucky to be invited to put on a small display of trees last weekend at the Bonsai Bash 2012.
Corin Tomlinson at Greenwood Bonsai Studio kindly offered us some space to display so we jumped at the chance.
Here are a few pictures of our trees on display.

Peter Tomb's Juniper itoigawa
Lovely little ceramic kingfisher on reed
John Brocklehurst's shohin composition of white pine & Chinese elm
Semi cascade white pine
Cork bark Chinese elm
Moss ball with fern
John Brocklehurst's zelkova
Chris Dodds cedar
Collaborative shohin display
Peter Tomb's beautiful itoigawa juniper
John Brocklehurst's potentilla
Mike Rose's zelkova
Corin thinning out  recently imported juniper, there is some great material for sale at the nursery, well worth a visit.
John Pitt's hawthorn raft
Mike Rose's trident maple

We had an enjoyable weekend, and made some new friends and hopefully may gain a new member or two.
Many thanks to Corin & Paul at the Greenwood Bonsai Studio for inviting us to display.
If you're ever in Nottinghamshire make sure you take the time to visit the nursery


  1. Nice trees on display there "Trev", I think I recognise the Chinese Elm, a PW purchase?
    Regards, Simon

  2. Hi Simon, nice to hear from you, thanks for your comment.
    Yes the Elm was from PW, I've had to re-develop the left hand side which was badly damaged when I first got the tree, there's still a long way to go but getting there slowly.

  3. I remember the tree well, good job mate!