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    Bury hosts Bonsai Europa this weekend

     

    The ancient art of bonsai will be showcased at an international exhibition in Bury.

    Bonsai Europa will feature displays from 80 top exhibitors from across the world, alongside more than 30 specialist traders.

    It will take place this weekend at Castle Armoury, on Castle Street, in the town centre and is the largest exhibition of trees from across Europe ever to be presented in the UK.

    The Eastern art of aesthetic miniaturisation of trees has been around for more than a thousand years and the word bonsai itself means ‘planted in a container’.

    This art form is derived from an ancient Chinese horticultural practice.

    Top bonsai demonstrators include: Yannick Kiggen from Belgium and Andrew Campbell and Will Baddeley from the UK.

    The two-day show is the first major bonsai event to be held in the UK since 1999 and has been organised by Bury-based bonsai artist Tony Tickle.

    Bonsai experts will be on hand to give tips to beginners, alongside artists’ demonstrations and a children’s workshop.

    It runs on Saturday from 9.30am to 5.30pm and between 9.30am and 3.30pm on Sunday.

    For details visit www.bonsaieuropa.com

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