Why are festivals so popular in the UK?

Despite the weather being temperamental, the mud knee-high and sleeping arrangements being few and far between, festivals in the UK continue to strive. Here’s why. The music Obviously, it’s the music that really draws festival-goers to these events. For some it’s the sound of escapism, for others it’s rock ‘n’ roll. One thing’s for sure; […]

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A look at a Bonsai artist

Makoto Ishibashi is able to sculpt perfect trees with just a small tug on one side and a quick deft clip on the other. He is an artisan that was essentially born into the bonsai business as his family has owned trees for centuries. Therefore, it should not be a surprise that he has mastered […]

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The art of bonsai

Bonsai is a form of art that requires the artist to train a small tree that is grown in a pot to resemble a much larger tree the way it would grow in nature. However, the branches have to be trimmed out so that an imaginary bird could make their way through the branches if […]

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A beginners guide to bonsai

There is a special allure for many people in the subtle but powerful impact of an expertly tended bonsai. Once you’ve experienced the almost mystical aura of an ancient bonsai like the 500-year-old miniature pine tree that is now an official National Treasure of Japan it’s unlikely you’ll ever forget it, but pursuing this particular […]

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The annual bonsai event at Capel Manor

Such is the widespread appeal of the fun and satisfying hobby of bonsai growing that there are now clubs dedicated to these miniature trees across the UK. FoBBS, the Federation of British Bonsai Societies, has more clubs and members listed than ever before. While there have been peaks and troughs over the years, as there […]

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