Cactus in Harlow

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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 30 of Bradleya was published in 2012.

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
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


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


Check Out the British Cactus and Succulent Society Calendar of Events (See below)

Electronic Publishing is now a very cost effective way of quickly disseminating information.

The Cactus Explorers Club provides access to a fine example of a modern (Downloadable) Journal. This Journal also includes many references to other current Cactus/Succulent related publications.

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Updated September 13th 2018

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