Image – Rebutia muscula


The Harlow Branch of the British Cactus & Succulent Society (BCSS) was formed in January 1969 as a Branch of the then National Cactus & Succulent Society. (NCSS).

In 1983 the NCSS amalgamated with the then Cactus & Succulent Society of Great Britain (CSSGB) to become the BCSS – with the Harlow Branch as a member of BCSS Zone 15 with a catchment area including non-metropolitan West Essex and East Hertfordshire.

The BCSS is keen to promote, and actively supports, plant conservation in habitat; whilst also promoting the study and cultivation of succulent plants. CactusWorld is the quartery Journal of the BCSS. In a typical year the Journal runs to well in excess of 200 pages and features authorative articles on many Cactus/Succulent topics and contains adverts from major Cactus/Succulent nurseries. The December Journal carries a comprehensive seed list of both cactii and succulents. In addition, the BCSS publishes a Yearbook, Bradleya, in the second half of the year. Volume 33 of Bradleya was published in 2015.

As an experiment, Joint Meetings were instigated with the North London Branch (Based at Capel Manor) in the year 2000. The meetings alternated between Capel Manor and the Harlow Branch venue (The Latton Bush Centre in Harlow).

In 2003 it was jointly decided by the two Branches that there was merit in amalgamating the activities of the two Branches to form a new Branch – the Lea Valley Branch.

The Lea Valley Branch meets on the Second Wednesday of the month (unless indicated otherwise) in Room D7 at Capel Manor, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, Middlesex, EN1 4RQ  -  at 7:00 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. start.



Image – Echinocereus reichenbachii Image – Pyrrhocactus jussieui Image – Oroya neoperuviana
Date Speaker Topic
January 11th Quiz - Name That Plant!
February 8th Society Slideshows
Venezuala and Cactotherapy
March 8th Colin Cutler Three Old Farts do Chile
March 19th
Sunday 12:00 to 17:00
Venue: Capel Manor College
Note: Gardens open from 10am
Convention Visitors Have Free Access to Gardens
Zone 15 Mini Convention
(Buffet Lunch and Afternoon Tea Included)
Details from Eddy Harris - Havering Branch
April 12th David Minnion Colorado
May 10th Terry Smale Succulents From The Winter Rains
May 27th (Sat) to 29th (Mon)
(Bank Holiday Weekend)
Branch Annual Show – Capel Manor
June 14th Paul Spracklin Adventures in Mexico
July 12th Derek Tribble 2014 Western Cape
July 15th - Saturday
Zone 15 Annual Show and Display
United Reform Church
Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 8PP
August 3rd to 6th Zone 15 Display and Plant Sales
Large Marquee RHS Hyde Hall Annual Flower Show
Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, CM3 8ET
Please note that RHS Hyde Hall makes a charge (non-RHS Members) for entry in to the gardens
August 9th Richard Rolfe New Ideas in Cultivation
September 13th John Watmough Winter is y-cumen in
October 11th Eddy Harris That's Nice
and Branch Mini Show
November 8th Graham Evans Just A Little Out Of The Ordinary
December 13th AGM and Xmas Social Evening
Image  –  Notocactus scopa Image – Mammillaria plumosa Image – Mammillaria formosa

Note:   Any highlighted event is either at an alternate venue or on an alternative date.

Friends and visitors from other branches are welcome at all the meetings.
A donation of 1.50 per meeting helps us defray part of the branch expenses.
The donation covers the cost of refreshments and a plant raffle.

Lea Valley Branch Hon. Secretary:-
Graham Blackwell    Tel. 07816 413600


British Cactus and Succulent Society Calendar of Events


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