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 3 January 2019


Belgium Trophy exhibition (Genk) – 8th to 10th February

Swindon Winter Image Show – 24th February

Birmingham Botanical Gardens car boot - 17th March

Doncaster car boot and exhibition – 24th March

BONSAI EXPO Heathrow - 7th April (eight ABC trees accepted for the show)

BTA Coventry - 14th April (doddsy's favourite bonsai day of the year)

Greenwood Bonsai Maples weekend – 18/19 May

All British Bonsai Exhibition, Failand  - 18th August

Greenwood Bonsai Bash weekend – 7/8 Sept

UK National show, Bury - 14/15 Sept

Salieu Frane 2019 - 12/13 October

BTA Doncaster - 27th October

Kevin Wilson workshop. Date TBA.

Others to follow

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