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 11 February 2019


Club Trip this weekend to the "Best of 20 Years of the Trophy" in Genk Belgium and we were all stunned by the high quality trees on display. No dodgy entries or charity cases this time, every tree on display was of the very highest standard.

Saturday afternoon found us in the demonstation hall and for me the highlight of the whole weekend: Ryan Niel flipped a juniper 135 degrees, converting a semi cascade into an upright for best use of the deadwood and amazing movement in the trunk. you can tell the original orientation by the pot angle.

Ryan went on to repot the tree on sunday to complete a stunning demonstration.

Congrats also to our John Pitt for having his Blackthorn accepted for the show. 

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