About our society

We are a small friendly society with members who have just started to explore the word of bonsai to those with many years of experience who own some fine specimens.  The society held a number of events in 2016:-

  • The annual show being held at Barton Grange Garden Centre,Brock, Preston in August
  • Daisy Nook Garden Centre in May with the public voting for their favourite tree and the winner recieving the Don Dalglish Trophy
  • Haworth Art Gallery
  • We have monthly meetings with members covering various topics and we also invite guest speakers such as Ian Warhurt from Wirral Bonsai Society and CorinTomlinson
  • Last year we invited China Mist to one of our meetings where we made our own pots. Later these were then fired in a kiln, sprayed by China Mist and returned as the finished article a few weeks later


A brief history of Accrington and District Bonsai Society


The club was formed in 1979 by a group of friends intending to help one another to enhance their knowledge on the art of bonsai.


This group of friends included Vic and Madelaine Lawrence, Gordon and Glenys Wilkinson, Pat Murphy, Alan Isherwood, John Walsh, Jack and Elsie Tatlow, Don White and one or two others.


One of the first meetings was at the Broadway pub In the centre of Accrington and some of the following venues were also used, Accrington Conservative club, The Thorn Inn in Church, Church Conservative club, The Commercial Pub in Church, Oswaldtwistle Conservative club, The Marlbourgh Club, Miners Pub, Oaklea Pub, Great Eastern Pub and finally Hippings Vale Community Centre Oswaldtwistle.


We have had our Summer Shows at Accrington Town Hall, Ramsbottom Town Hall, Oswaldtwistle Mills, Read Garden Centre, Shackleton Garden Centre and our present location Barton Grange Garden Centre


The Society has spawned one or two bonsai artists as in Tony Tickle, Terry Foster and Dave Prescott (who wrote the ‘Bonsai Handbook’)


The Society has had its ups and downs in its membership, at one point in the late 1990’s it was down to six members, but the membership now (2016) is around the 30 mark.

If you are interested in joining our society or just want to come for one evening the please get in touch using our contacts page Contact us


Useful documents

Help & tips on Larch
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What to pot Bonsai trees in
Some helpful tips on the various elements that make up a Bonsai mix
What to pot Bonsai trees in version2.pdf
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The Hippings Vale

Community Centre

Harvey Street



Second tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm





Annual Membership Fees:

Individual - £25.00 per annum

Couple - £40 per annum

Non-members £5 per meeting when we have a guest speaker


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