UKBA Launches at Heathrow Bonsai Show 2018

The Heathrow Bonsai Show celebrated its 9th anniversary on the 21st October 2018, and the UK Bonsai Association was also unveiled to the public on the same day. 

The Heathrow Show is one of the largest national gatherings of bonsai societies in the country, and each year hosts a raffle draw for the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal. 35 bonsai clubs and 36 traders were present this year. 

The show was split into two halls; Hall A had 36 club display areas surrounded by traders selling trees, Hall B was solely traders selling pots, stands and all manner of dry goods. The club display areas showed bonsai at all levels - from beginners through to long term enthusiasts - all with one thing in common: a love for bonsai trees and membership of a club.

Running through the day were demonstrations, this year located outside under a marquee, with three in the morning and three in the afternoon. We give a big thank you to our demonstrators, who kindly shared their expertise:

  • Geoff Conybeare (Mid-Herts Bonsai Society)   Bending a Pine
  • Malcolm Driffield (Wessex Bonsai Society)   Bonsai Techniques
  • Mark Kerry (Newbury Bonsai Society)   Juniper Refining
  • Paul Eslinger (Eastleigh Bonsai Society)    Saikei
  • Peter Shields (Mid-Herts Bonsai Society)   Wiring Techniques
  • Robert Stewart (Solent Bonsai Society)    Shohin & Mame Bonsai

Every year, on behalf of the Royal British Legion for The Poppy Appeal raffle, a potter designs and produces a commemorative pot. This year, the task fell to Simon Hadden of Suteki. The Bonsai community participates in the fundraising effort by selling tickets at various shows throughout the year, and at the Heathrow Show the raffle is finally drawn. This year's proud new winner is Mandy Bray of the Swindon Bonsai Society. 

The raffle and charity box raised a total of £638.60 for the Poppy Appeal. Well done, everybody.

All the trees throughout the show were individually numbered, allowing exhibitors and visitors to choose their personal favourite three trees on display. At the end of the show, the results were:

Favourite three trees chosen by Visitors:

  • 1st Place, Red Maple (#117) owned by Brian Mackichan
  • 2nd Place, Trident Maple Group (#229) owned by Russ Wheeler
  • 3rd Place, Pine (#165) owned by Dean Morgan

Favourite three trees chosen by Exhibitors:
  • 1st Joint Place, Olive (#175) owned by Dean Morgan 
  • 1st Joint Place, Pine (#165) owned by Alex Rudd 
  • 3rd Place, Pine (#5) owned by John Turner

A very special thank you goes out to all the enthusiasts who helped construct, break down and run the show
over the weekend. Only through the kindness and commitment of volunteers does a show like this happen.

Club displays for this year are:
Bedfordshire Bonsai Society, Berkshire Bonsai Society, Blackmore Vale Bonsai Group, Bonsai Boys Group, Bonsai Kai, Bury St Edmunds Bonsai Group, Cardiff Bonsai Club, Celtic Knot Bonsai, Chichester Bonsai Society, Chiltern Bonsai Society, Dragon Bonsai Society, Eastleigh Bonsai Society, Exeter Bonsai Society, Glynderi Bonsai Society, Leicester Bonsai Club, Maidstone Bonsai Society,
Middlesex Bonsai Society, Mid-Herts Bonsai Club, Milton Keynes Bonsai Society, Newbury Bonsai Society, North London Bonsai Group, Northamptonshire Bonsai Society, Phoenix Bonsai Group, Salisbury Bonsai Society, Shiten Bonsai Society, Solent Bonsai Society, South Devon Bonsai Society, Splinter Bonsai Group, Staverton Bonsai Group, Surrey Heath Bonsai Club, Sussex Bonsai Club, Sutton Bonsai Club, Swindon and District Bonsai Society, Warminster Bonsai Society, Wessex Bonsai Club, Suiseki Display.

We thank all our visitors, as well as all the participants who have supported this show. We look forward to seeing you all next year, for our 10th Anniversary Show on 20th October 2019.

For more details on the Heathrow Bonsai Show, visit our website or ring Mark & Ming Chen Moreland 07850 771 201

Photos courtesy of Amelia Williams, Barry Walker, Fabian Bine and MingChen Moreland.

©UK Bonsai Association October 2018
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