Held in a woodland, the event was free for all to enjoy. There was much on offer from wood turners to tree surgeon demonstrations, bush crafts, falconry, food and bonsai! I really enjoyed Alex Metcalf’s tree listening installation he set up using technology he has designed himself, he educates and brings awareness on tree biology and the mechanics of how it works.

set up

Along with Collette Harrison – Bonsai Trees SouthamptonSolent Bonsai Society were invited to the fair to display their trees. It made a real change to see the trees in the natural woodland setting rather than on tables with cloths, scrolls etc. I would definitely like to see more of this sort of thing; even the weather managed to hold off the rain until the last moment.

Thanks to everyone at Test Valley Borough Council for all the work building, organising and managing the day. A lot of people got a good amount out of it.


Again the club put on a display at the Wanborough show on Saturday the 20th August 2016, despite the terrible weather warning of very strong winds and heavy rain. But then it wouldn’t be the Wanborough show unless it was that!!!! Luckily, we managed to get the marquee up and the display out while it was dry, although it was blowing a gale and the site is very exposed on the top of a hill. Continue reading


The Test Valley Wood Fair is on Saturday 3rd September 2016 at Zion’s Hill Copse, Chandlers Ford, SO53 4SJ next to Knightwood Leisure Centre.

It is a free event and this year there will be bonsai trees at the event kindly displayed by Eastleigh Bonsai Society and Solent Bonsai Society including trees for sale from Southampton Bonsai.

The event is a one day event within the local nature reserve and there are limited car parking facilities within the site but additional car parking is available at the lesiure centre.