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