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 10th BCSS Slide Show - South African Succulents
February 14th Quiz - Something Different!!
March 14th Colin Cutler Three Old Farts do Chile - Part 2
March 18th Sunday
12:00 to 17:00
Zone 15 Mini Convention
Venue: Capel Manor College
(Buffet Lunch and Afternoon Tea Included)
Details from Eddy Harris - Havering Branch
Note: Gardens open from 10am
Convention Visitors Have Free Access to Gardens
April 11th Stuart Riley Cactus & Succulent Oddities
May 9th Rodney Simms Off The Beaten Track - Part 3
May 12th Saturday Havering Cactus Mart
Collier Row Comminity Centre
Clockhouse Lane
Romford RM5 3QJ
May 26th - 28th
Sat to Mon
Holiday Weekend
Branch Annual Show – Capel Manor
June 13th The Mace's Succulents of Tenerife etc
July 11th Hazel Taylor Cacti of NW Argentina
July 14th/15th
Zone 15 Annual Show and Display
RHS Hyde Hall
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 2nd - 5th
Thursday - Sunday
Zone 15 Display and Plant Sales
RHS Hyde Hall Annual Flower Show - Large Marquee
August 8th Tony Roberts Propagation of Cacti & Succulents
September 12th Chris Combes What Plants Want
October 10th Tom Radford A Personal Choice
November 14th Julian Cook Echinocereus
December 12th AGM and Xmas Social Evening
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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:-
Roger Day    Tel.0019927469521


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