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.


Huge congratulations go to John Trott of Mendip Bonsai Studio for his stunning bonsai display at the Gardeners World live at the NEC this year. Also what a surprise, John received a platinum award (one above a Gold) and the inaugural Geoff Hamilton award for best in show. He won against stiff competition as there were 106 exhibitors and in his words is “well chuffed”. Bonsai was well represented there with 4 platinum awards and a silver-gilt. Continue reading


There was a stunning display of accents at Bonsai with Love, and some very interesting styles, designs and species of plants used as accents too. The pots were also amazing, so many brightly coloured and wonderful designs it was hard to choose a favourite. Check out some of the accents from the show below. For anyone who missed the show, it was in aid of charity with the aim of being a fund-raising event sponsored by Dan and Cecilia Barton to raise funds for the Charity: M.E. RESEARCH UK. There was a huge set of Tombola prizes at the show, which followed on from an auction of some lovely bonsai trees. It was a great event and a chance also to catch up with many bonsai friends.

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It was a very successful Charity bonsai event in aid of M.E Research and a big thank you to everyone who attended to support the day and also all those who helped with the organisation, sponsorship, funding and donations. If you wanted to buy bonsai then this was the place to be, a great range of trees, bonsai tools, stands, pots and other items were available for sale from traders and bonsai clubs and it was a great opportunity to pick up few items at good prices. Continue reading


Congratulations to everyone who was involved in the Bonsai with Love show 2016 at Failand village Hall near Bristol this weekend, it was a fabulous day with many bargains to be had and all in the aid of charity. Thank you to Dan Barton, John Trott and all who made the day a great success and to all those who donated trees for the auction, prizes for the tom bola and for those who bought raffle tickets or bid and bought trees. Continue reading


Today, Sat 4th June 2016 we had an all day workshop with John Armitage. I managed to take a few photographs before getting back to work on the trees. Thanks to all those who brought biscuits and cake to keep us going we needed plenty of brain food.

BIG thanks goes to John for another enjoyable day