New Talent Competition 2011

The recent Bonsai World event at the prestigious K2 centre at Crawley saw the culmination of this year for FoBBS Amateur New Talent competition.  During the course of the year there have been three heats. 

In the first heat at Cardiff Bonsai Club Show at Dyffryn Gardens in May, the winner was Karl Couch.

The second heat was held at BBC Gardener’s World at Birmingham in June. The winner was Carl Hawkins.

We then come to Crawley, with the final  heat  held on Saturday September 3rd. This was won by Steve Frost.

In the final on Sunday September 4th we saw the three winners of the heats competing against each other to create their own particular style with Chinese junipers as the basic material. A high standard of styling was achieved and we had a worthy winner in Carl Hawkins. He will now go on to represent FoBBS in the European Bonsai Association competition in Ratingen in Germany at the end of the September. 
I would like to thank Malcolm Hughes for sourcing such good raw material. The competitors and a number of our visitors commented very favourably on the trees.
Thanks also go to this year’s judges:- Reg. Bolton, Alex Evelyn, Malcolm Hughes, Malcolm Styles and John Trott, who shared the judging over the heats and finals.

Peter Fielding - FoBBS co-ordinator for New Talent Competition

Steve Frost at work on his tree Carl Hawkins with his finished winning tree

The final line up for presentations