Hello and welcome to the Wirral Bonsai Society Blog - an ongoing diary & newsletter highlighting the adventures of the society & its members

Society Diary-We meet at 8pm every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the RAFA club in Oxton (CH43 1UU).

  • 8th January- AGM
  • 13th February-Auction
  • Feb -Gordale Workshop
  • March -Gordale Workshop
  • 12th March - TBC
  • 9th April- TBC
  • April -Gordale Workshop
  • 14th May-TBC
  • May Gordale Workshop
  • 11th June-TBC
  • June -Gordale Workshop
  • 9th July- TBC
  • July -Gordale Workshop
  • 13th August- TBC
  • August -Gordale Workshop
  • 10th September-TBC
  • September-Gordale Workshop
  • 8th October- TBC
  • October -Gordale Workshop
  • 12th November- TBC
  • November -Gordale Workshop
  • 10th December- Club Party


New members are always welcome, just come along to one of our monthly meetings at the RAFA club. You can even 'try us out' for a few months before you decide on joining as an official member. The meetings are informal (there's a bar!) and the club members are (mostly) friendly, approachable and happy to pass on guidance and information to anybody interested in bonsai- whatever your level of experience.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Harry Tomlinson RIP

Harry Tomlinson:       1943 – 2014

It is with great sorrow that we have to announce the death of Harry Tomlinson early on Sunday morning,  March 2nd  2014.

You will all remember well the dedicated bonsai artist and owner of Greenwood Gardens and join us in our sorrow in losing Harry after a sad period during whih he suffered from Alzheimer’s. His death followed a period of rapid deterioration in his health during the last few weeks.

Many will remember him for his bonsai skills, his great sense of humour and his excellent books.

Please send any letters of condolence to Greenwood Bonsai Studio where we will be holding an open book of condolence alongside the trees that he created.

The funeral will be a quiet family affair but a memorial service will be held at a later date.

With great sorrow.

Petra, Corin and Paul.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Wirral Bonsai Auction

Hello everyone,
Just a note to inform you that there is to be a Bonsai auction on Wednesday 12th February at the Wirral Bonsai Society.
This can include anything – trees, pots, tools, books  etc

Buyers and Sellers from other local clubs are invited to attend

For Sellers reserve prices may be applied, No sale no fee. there will be a 10% commission on all successful sales to Wirral Bonsai Society club funds.

Admission is £2 per person

Auction starts at 8pm

Venue is the RAFA club

The Roundel Club (known also as the RAFA club),

17 Shrewsbury Road


CH43 1UU

(Situated on the corner of Alton Road, entrance on Alton Road)


Please forward this to the members of your respective clubs.
Any questions please ask
Thank you  


Chairman Vale of Clwyd Bonsai Society

Monday, 2 December 2013

Message from Cyprus Bonsai Forum

Dear Jim,

Its a great pleasure to see you here in our humble Bonsai Forum.

Your reputation in the bonsai world precedes you. Your valuable involvement in the Wirral Bonsai Society is well known to the Bonsai World.
I use to follow your Society Bonsai Blog for a couple of years now, and I can say that you do an incredible job.

I believe, with out any doubt that Wirral Bonsai Society is the most Valuable Bonsai Society in the UK.

I am very glad that had the honour to meet you even if is virtually and I hope that one day I will meet you in person

many thanks for your support

Hi Jim- keep up the good work- regards Iain

Friends from Cyprus

Hi Everyone,

It was a great day on the 15th of November when a few members met up with Two Great Bonsai Enthusiast From the Sunny Island Of Cyprus which is Situated on the waters of the European Mediterranean This Little island has its own definite and beguiling character.and according to wild stories from Agia Napa;the country stating that Cyprus "Whether you know it as the ‘island of sin’ or ‘fun" all I can say is After spending 3 Glorious and Fantastic years there with my Family  where our Youngest Daughter was born in1976 in the ‘the island of Aphrodite’,Would recommend a trip to the Island the one of the few places I know of where you can Snowboard or Ski on Mount Troodos then have a Beach Barbeque returning from the mountain more about Cyprus can be found online by a Google Search>

For Bonsai Enthusiasts there another reason to go as there is a Cyprus Bonsai Society on the Island and who knows what you may find on your travels and you be made Extremely Welcome.

The C-B-S has its own forum on line and The Cyprus Bonsai Discussion Forum is open in order to promote the art of Bonsai in the Island of Cyprus.

As  Greg  wrote in the forum
                                                  "Cyprus Bonsai Club

We are group of Cyprus based,Bonsai Enthusiasts was formed in January 2010 and since then, we meet often to work on our trees and discuss bonsai. So far, the regular members of the group are (in no particular order):

 Savvas Papaloizou,- “president”- Stavros Eleftheriou - Gregoris Antoniades
 Petros Polis and Christos- Antreas

They welcome all individuals interested to join our small group.

 Whether you are coming to Cyprus for business or pleasure or coming to live permanently, you may be pleased to hear that “the Cyprus bonsai club” organize on a regular base bonsai meetings.
If you have the time feel free to join us for a pure bonsai and fun day!
You can find notices for the upcoming meetings at the “EXHIBITIONS /DEMONSTRATION "/WORKSHOPS” section of this forum".

                                @ http://bonsaicyprus.forumotions.net/faq

So pop across to the Cyprus Bonsai Society Forum and check it out

Earlier this Month on the 15th of November W-B-S members Bill G,Dave and Doug met Savvas and Marios From Cyprus Bonsai Society when they visited a Bonsai Garden and discussed, exchange, opinions exchange idea's about the various trees and comparing the different climate and conditions between the Two Islands Uk and Cyprus


After a few hours another garden was visited with more of the same and different setup which was followed By an Extremely Wonderful Lunch in which we were all grateful and thankful for by The Lady of the Home whose garden we were visiting

It was a little cold but it was an occasion that none of us would have missed So a Massive Thank-you to the owner's of the Garden's and to Savvas and Marios for sharing their experience with us all 

Wirral Bonsai Members would like to wish Everyone at the Cyprus Bonsai Society great and Good Luck in every-thing they are doing and hope you go from strength to strength 

From Bill G,Dave Doug and Myself it was a pleasure meeting you both

Take care


Sad News

Peter Adams – Sad news

It is with considerable sadness and regret that we learn of the sudden and unexpected death of one of Britain’s greatest bonsai talents, Peter Adams, who died peacefully on Sunday, 24th November.

As many are aware, Peter had been very  poorly and  for some weeks in hospital, but it was only recently that his wife Kate commented that he had made a good recovery and that they would have been returning home to the United States on Monday, 2nd December.

For those of us who come into bonsai during the 1970’s onwards, Peter was seen as an exceptional talent, and many have developed their knowledge and skills in bonsai due very much to his teaching. An author of many books on the subject, more recently, he had been a regular contributor to ‘Bonsai Focus’, where he drew on both his expertise in bonsai and his artistic talent in analysing raw material and sketching out possible style options.

He was a  man with a unique talent and his death  will be  a sad loss to the world of bonsai.

Our thoughts and sympathies go to his wife Kate and other members of Peter’s family.
Malcolm Hughes (President, Federation of British Bonsai Societies)

The Actual Words as they were received from Kate Adams

Peter and Kate Adams Bonsai
I am so sorry to report that Peter died suddenly, but peacefully, in his sleep last Sunday, November 24.
It was very unexpected, we had just enjoyed a marvellous visit together on Saturday and he drew a sketch of me as I sat there.
His death has been so very hard to accept especially since we planned to leave tor home together next Monday, December 2.
There will be a memorial at a later date. Details will be advised on this page. (Facebook) His ashes will come home with me soon.

I miss him so very terribly.


Friday, 1 November 2013


After a visit to see Doug, Ian tells me he is now back at home & recuperating.
Following plastic surgery he has had his hand rebuilt and been told he should get 75-80% mobility back into his fingers.
I'm sure we all wish him the best and hope to see him soon.


Doki Doki -The Manchester Japanese Festival

Hi Everyone 

On the  on Saturday 9 November 2013, Wirral Bonsai Society have been invited to take part in the Prestigious  Doki Doki   The Manchester Japanese Festival  which is a Celebration of Both Traditional and Modern Japanese Culture from 9am to 7pm at the Sugden Sports Centre in Manchester, UK,

This is Followed by an after-party from 9pm until 2am at the Manchester Metropolitan University Students' Union.

The proceeds from various events at Doki Doki 2013 will be donated to our supported charity, Aid for Japan, which provides long-term support for orphans of the 2011 Tohoku disaster in Japan.

More information and Details about the events, guests, traders and artists that will be at the 2013 festival  can be found at or any Inquiries

Everybody is welcomed  and we are all sure you will have a Great time and Enjoy, Plus Support a worth-while cause

Take  care

Jim thelad