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

Wednesday, 26 June 2019


Doddsy playing hide and seek (again)

nice deshojo, lovely glazed pot. possible japanese?

cracking large azalea
nice hawthorn. apparently there is some controversy about the oversize walsall? pot its been put in to improve its health, thats a no brainer, tree health comes first!


cheeky trip to BBG, by MR, CHD and RH. We managed a full english in the Harvester at Bassets Pole on the way. There was a wide variety of trees on show, lots of nice starter trees. we picked these as likely winners.


it seemed about the right time to call a spontaneous azalea show, however not many takers:

my Gyo Ten (shades of pink") with a nice little accent, walsall pot, table by Tony Hardwick. in truth still many flowers to come, it peaked 2 weeks later, no green leaves to be seen amid the flowers.

chris's cute azalea, varity tba, repotted this spring, it took some hacking to get into the hard set root ball, but all looks ok now

paul warders lovely azalea, variety tba. pot is a clika or similar. at the following meeting Paul cut the tree back hard.