Club History

The club was founded in 1993. Originally there was a single monthly meeting (in Sutton-in-Ashfield) but 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 just an occasional workshop. 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, however, we do invite one or two speakers of international fame to supplement our workshops 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 2014 the club members will continue to exhibit at major exhibitions, both at home and abroad. In particular, several trees owned by Ashfield members, have been accepted for display at the esteemed Noelanders Trophy Exhibition in Belgium. Also in the following month of February, the club has been invited to present a display stand at the Swindon Winter Image Show.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Ashfield Bonsai Club display at the Swindon Winter Image show, February 2013

We took a few trees down to the Swindon Winter Image show yesterday.
You will have seen the trees on the previous Noelanders thread but I'll post these pictures for posterity, and to shout about the fact that John Pitt was awarded "Best tree & pot combination" for his English Yew, not sure who made the crap pot, some duffer from Derby...his name escapes me....
Also the club received a certificate of merit for the Ilex Serrata (Japanese Winterberry/ Holly) that was displayed on our club table.

Apologies for the poor picture quality sodium lights and a crap photo editing programme do us no favours.

John Pitt's English Yew
Winner of "Best tree & pot combination"....congratulations Johnny Boy
John Pitt's English Elm
John Brocklehurst's Japanese Holly
Awarded Certificate of Merit

John Brocklehurst's chojubai (quince)
Mike Rose's Deshojo Maple
Fern accent displayed with Mike's Deshojo
John Pitt's Ezo Spruce, displayed individually.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Ashfield Winter Image Show (February 2013)

It's that time of the year again folks.
Trees were trimmed up, cleaned up, mossed up and some just turned up for the eagerly awaited Ashfield Winter Image show.

Here are a few images of the trees on display this year

John's awesome Trident Maple
Paul's slinky Korean Hornbeam (Peter Warrens legs would have turned to jelly)
 Chris's Larch on rock planting
Caz's Hawthorn
 Ted's Trident Maple on rock
Geoff (clip & grow) Bonser's mature & well ramified Larch group planting.
It is highly likely that there has never been a strand of wire touch any of these trees
 Pete's Trident Maple
 Tony's Korean Hornbeam
 Caz's Potentilla
John's Chinese Elm
Mr Pitt awards the Philip Anthony Cup to Ted Goodhead
The winning tree, a Trident Maple owned by Pete & Ted Goodhead
 Ramification on John Pitts Trident
Branching and Nebari on John Pitts Trident...ooooh Disco Stu