Bonsai on display at Chatburn garden centre

miniature marvel: Rod McFarlane (left), winning exhibitor of the Bonsai Exhibition, and Paul Shackleton.
miniature marvel: Rod McFarlane (left), winning exhibitor of the Bonsai Exhibition, and Paul Shackleton.
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VISITORS to Shackleton’s Home and Garden Centre, Chatburn, had a nice little surprise when it hosted Accrington and District Bonsai Society’s annual Spring Exhibition.

More than 50 exquisite bonsai specimens were on show and society members gave advice on caring for bonsai trees and carried out shrub styling demonstrations, with the styled shrubs then raffled in aid of the North West Air Ambulance.

Ray Couldwell, chairman of the society, said: “We were really pleased to hold our second annual Spring Exhibition at Shackletons Garden Centre. We had a beautiful display and thoroughly enjoyed chatting to the public about our beautiful trees and unusual hobby.”

Visitors throughout the weekend were also able to vote for their favourite tree and the winning exhibitor, Rod McFarlane, was awarded the Don Daglish Trophy for his Japanese Maple.

David Shackleton said: “We really enjoyed the Bonsai Exhibition and were very happy to be able to host the event for the society.”

On May 13th tree sculptor John Adamson also visited the garden centre to give a carving demonstration using traditional hand tools and a chainsaw. He crafted two unique face carvings, one of which is also being raffled for the North West Air Ambulance.