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This website is aimed at those who are new to Bonsai, or simply wish to learn the basics of this most pleasing pastime.

Have you ever looked at a tree, whether it was a solitary oak standing proudly in a field, a birch in a copse on the brow of a small hill or a pine on a forested hillside, and felt a sense of wonder?

Trees are everywhere in our lives, lining our streets, growing quietly in our parks and public places, covering our hillsides and if we have the space even in our own gardens.

If, however, you do not have a large enough garden or even have a garden at all there is a way to capture that feeling of wonder.......BONSAI

Bonsai means literally "A planting in a tray".Almost any species of tree or shrub can be miniaturised using bonsai techniques developed over hundreds of years.

 This site includes basic instructions on caring for, maintaining and displaying your trees, as well as some tips I've acquired over the years. There are photographs of my Bonsai and tips about which tools are required to shape and maintain them.

My species guide will help you to decide which subjects are suitable for you. All the trees described are the ones that I own and have experience of. I will concentrate on outdoor Bonsai as I have had more success than indoor, in fact after years of experience I believe that to acheive longevity and success with indoor varieties a conservatory or greenhouse is required.

My garden in Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire, England faces south west and does not normally experience severe weather conditons. Please do further research on the many other Bonsai web pages available to  determine which species are suitable for your own area.

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SPECIES GUIDE

Maple, 10 Years Old

Mirago

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SPECIES GUIDE

LIGUSTRUM (Chinese Privet)

Another Bonsai from my collection, seven years old.

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