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 8 April 2019


Members of Ashfield Bonsai Club had trees in the excellent Bonsai Expo near Heathrow on Sunday 7th April.

JP's beautiful Oak, note the scroll with a water setting, and the accent pot shaped like a boat to make the images all work together. all pots by JP himself (of course!)

PT's lovely olive, look at the detail in the accents. Olive pot by JP.

PT's powerful Larch, accent and juniper. Larch pot by JP

CD's lovely Cedar, 20 years maturity from a workshop on a garden plant. Chris also made the table and the contoured accent stand.

JB's beautiful  chaenomeles 3 part display, flowers peaking on the day of the show. great work

PW's beautiful "no show" show tree, selected for Noelanders a couple of years back, but Paul was busy washing his hair that weekend. Now earnt its spot in Bonsai Expo, a great tree. Scroll painted by Paul, the accent stand table made by Pauls brother. a talented family.

RH's lovely Blackthorn, the accent (loaned by JP, adapted by Ramon) won best accent at the show.

My Black Pine. Runner up in the best conifer category. Scroll by the late Paul Goff, accent pot by JP. I moved the tree from a generic Tokoname pot to this lovely Yamaaki pot a couple of weeks ago. The tree looked very happy after the move so we went to the show, and very chuffed to come second to an amazing Yew and against some great competition.   

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