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Harry Tomlinson: 1943 – 2014

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It is with deep regret that we learn of the death of Harry Tomlinson. Harry died early on the morning of March 2nd, 2014, having been suffering during recent years from Alzheimer’s.

Many will remember him as a dedicated bonsai artist and owner of Greenwood Gardens on the edge of Sherwood Forest near Nottingham. Back in the early 1980’s, he was instrumental in helping establish the Federation of British Bonsai Societies and was, for a short period, its’ Chairman. He was also a director of Bonsai Clubs International.

But for many, he is best remembered as a teacher and demonstrator of bonsai, giving lectures and running workshops. His skills were passed on not only to bonsai enthusiasts within this country but in many countries abroad and he appeared as a demonstrator in many conventions, notably in Europe and the United States. In addition to his creative approach to bonsai, he will also be remembered for his great sense of humour and the articles and books he wrote over his years. He frequently exhibited his bonsai, gaining awards both in Britain and Japan, and over a number of years, was a judge of the bonsai section at the famous annual R.H.S. Chelsea Flower Show as well as other shows.

Any letters of condolence should be sent to Greenwood Bonsai Studio where there will also be a Book of Condolence, alongside many of the trees that he created. The funeral will be a quiet family affair but a memorial service is intended to be held at a later date.

If you would like to contact Corin, his email is: corin@bonsai.co.uk

Malcolm Hughes,
Chairman, Federation of British Bonsai Societies.

Memorial Details

Following a family funeral, a memorial will be held on Tuesday, 11 March at 12 noon.  Anybody wishing to attend please contact Corin for details of venue and to be added to attendance list.

 corin@bonsai.co.uk



Swindon 'Winter Image Show'
Sunday, 23rd February 2014

Once again the Stratton Community and Leisure Centre in Swindon proved a popular venue for this years’ ‘Winter Image Bonsai Show’, hosted by the Swindon & District Bonsai Society. Having been recently refurbished, the venue with its’ new lighting showed off the exhibited trees much more effectively than before, and an excellent range of quality bonsai were there to be appreciated by enthusiastic visitors.

In addition to a display by the host society, the majority of bonsai being exhibited were from invited societies and individuals. There was also a wide selection of items available for sale from more than a dozen traders whilst John Armitage demonstrated the skills involved in creating some very stylish, smaller size bonsai.

The judge for this year’s event was Dan Barton who did not have the easiest of tasks, given the quality of material on display. Apart from the seven awards presented for the different categories judged by Dan, three additional awards were presented, namely an Award of Excellence from Bonsai Clubs International, and two further Awards of Merit, presented on behalf of the European Bonsai Association and the Federation of British Bonsai Societies, these being judged by Kath and Malcolm Hughes as representatives of those organisations.

Thanks must also go to the sponsors of the event, namely John Pitt Ceramics, Mendip Bonsai (John Trott) and Walsall Studio Ceramics.

The class of awards and the recipients are listed below.



BEST LARGE EVERGREEN
BEST LARGE EVERGREEN
MARTIN SHEPHERD - RED PINE

BEST LARGE DECIDUOUS
BEST LARGE DECIDUOUS
DENNIS HENLY -  CHINESE ELM

BEST SHOHIN
BEST SHOHIN
MARK & RITTA COOPER - ZELKOVA, BROOM STYLE

BEST CHUHIN
BEST CHUHIN
DAVE JACKSON - JUNIPER, SEMI CASCADE

BEST CLUB DISPLAY
BEST CLUB DISPLAY
PHOENIX BONSAI SOCIETY

BEST ACCENT
BEST ACCENT
TONY TICKLE

BEST POT TREE COMB
BEST POT TREE COMB
JOHN BROCKLEHURST

FOBBS AWARD OF MERIT		CHINESE ELM
FOBBS AWARD OF MERIT
MARK & RITTA COOPER - CHINESE ELM

EBA  AWARD OF MERIT			CHINESE ELM
EBA AWARD OF MERIT
MARK & RITTA COOPER - CHINESE ELM

BCI AWARD OF EXCELLENCE		CHAMAECYPARIS
BCI AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
MO FAGAN - CHAMAECYPARIS

 

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