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 25 February 2019


club night on Thursday 19th Feb was the usual workshop, but also our club winter image show.

First was John Pitts amazing chinese elm, in a pot he made for it:

Second was Pauls mulberry:

and third was my Deshojo, in a Reihou pot:

the eagle eyed among you will spot these photos are actually from our entries at the Swindon winter image show yesterday, (we forgot to take photos on thursday - our photographer was busy taking pictures of a bike rack...) But the strong club turnout and trees displayed at the Swindon show does show the depth of quality trees in the Ashfield club. 

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