Crawley, West Sussex

The weekend of the 10 - 11 August was the occasion for a large number of bonsai enthusiasts and members of the public to converge on the ‘K-2’ Leisure Centre in Crawley, Sussex.  The Sussex Bonsai Group hosted the second ‘Bonsai World’ event.  Following on the success of the first event in 2011, this years’ event proved to be even more impressive, with some superb displays of bonsai, both by societies and individuals together with over twenty traders.  

There were excellent demonstrations by John Armitage, Ken Norman both UK and Suthin Sukosolvisit originally from Thailand but now living in the USA. I feel sure we will see more of him in the future.

There was also a heat of the 2013 New Talent contest with 3 contestants from the south of England. Some very good work was done and the winner José Redondo from Kent will go on to the UK final later in the year.


The trees and displays were judged by Suthin Sukosolvisit and the winners were:

Best Mamé display:   Bob Bailey.

Best Shohin display:   Mark and Ritta Cooper.

Best Club display:       Sutton Bonsai Society.

Best Individual display:        Ken and Anne Norman.


Best Chuhin tree:        Chrissie Leigh-Walker with a red pine.


Best Large tree and ‘Best in Show’: Ian Stewardson with his Korean hornbeam.