We’re Back…. Sort of!

The Northern Ireland Bonsai Society is back in business. Its been a long year in Covid limbo and we have waited it out, but we now have our usual venue back in operation, although we have a few restrictions to comply with.

In light of this we are requesting anyone not already booked in to attend on our Club Whatsapp group should get in contact via info@nibonsai.co.uk or Whatsapp us on Zero7795263569.

Our next meeting will be this Friday 8 pm at the Cregagh Youth and Community Centre. You will need a mask or you’ll be refused entry unless you have a proven medical exemption. You will also need to fill out a track and Trace.

The meeting will be a socially distanced affair as you’d expect and we will be looking at post flowering work on Satsuki Azaleas as well as some defoliation techniques for bonsai.

If possible bring a tree for show and tell, even better if its a satsuki azalea or Japanese Maple.

Plans are being made for July and August in a more open environment. In July we will be hosting a tour of a local woods looking at ancient trees and how we can use them to inspire our bonsai design. In August we will be visiting the home of Ian Young for a garden visit, BBq and maybe even a few beers. A social occasion to bring us all back together hopefully post covid restrictions. Lets be optimistic.

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Club Update

Like the rest of you, we are waiting on word regarding when we have access to a meeting place that complies with COVID-19 restrictions and numbers allowed to meet will accommodate club levels.
The safety of our members and compliance with NI restrictions is paramount.
As and when it becomes possible we will update you here.

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November Meeting

On Friday 9th after our opening critique of members trees we are going to look at how we wire our trees and do a little deciduous pruning.

Come join us at 8pm Cregagh Youth and Community Centre.

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October Meeting

This Friday is the October club meeting at Cregagh Youth and Community Centre starting at 8pm. This months meeting will be a critique and workshop.

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Honours to Alan

Congratulations Alan McManus, one of our members, who for the first time in living memory managed to win the Craig Wallace Award at Belfast Parks Autumn Fair. His Hinoki Cypress having won best in Show within the bonsai classes was put forward for the best exhibit in the whole horticultural show and won! Pictured above is Alan receiving his award from Brian McKinley from Belfast Parks.

Well done Alan, a feat unlikely to repeated anytime soon.

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