Latest News – January classes and Exciting times!

My body and soul are battered and bruised after a tempestuous 4 weeks but we finally completed our move and vacated Newstead. A massive thank you to all my helpers……you were all amazing and quite simply the move would never have happened without your input……so once again a truly heartfelt thank you!

The new classroom is still a bit rough and ready but the first class took place yesterday and this in itself was quite an achievement. This next week sees me working 7 days out of 9 so hopefully it will get well used before we break for Christmas.

These are exciting times as I look forward to embarking on my new adventure dragging you my students with me whether you like it or not….so get ready to roll!!! I can now concentrate on what I like doing best which is helping you develop your trees to a level you never imagined possible on a journey full of interest, knowledge and inspiration. I also already have plans for a totally new larger group academy.

I will continue to sell all the dry goods with a new pot delivery expected in January. I will dabble in trees with some good offers coming on material I have in stock including some special material included classes. Some new specially selected pieces arriving from Japan will be another highlight.

My website is currently being totally revamped and should be arriving shortly. The online shop will be completely overhauled, totally restocked and launched throughout social media. Students will be able to book classes online and receive newsletter updates.

In the meantime whilst we await arrival of the website I will release classes on a month by month basis and you can book in the normal way by sending me an email or by telephone.

The classes for January are :- 

Sun 6th. Open workshop

Sat 12th. Open workshop 

Sun 13th. Beginners one

Wed 16th. Midweek workshop 

Sun 20th Beginners two

 Wed 30th Midweek Workshop 

The 30th November marked the end of Newstead…..the end of a remarkable Bonsai era. The 1st December marked a whole new beginning…….John Hanby Bonsai is very much alive and kicking!……the next chapter in this wonderful Bonsai life is up and running…..the amazing journey continues… book your ticket, join me……you and your trees are set for the ride of your life!!!

Latest News – 40% Off My Personal Trees, 50% Off Everything Else!(Updated)

Massive Sale Continues While Stocks Last……..

Saturday 17th November 10.00 to 3.00pm

Sunday 18th November 11.00 to 3.00pm

Weekdays by appointment.

From 10.00 on Saturday 17th the discount will be increased to 40% on my trees and to 50% on everything else. The discount on Japanese garden fencing panels will increase to 60%.

Our growing beds are being cleared and all this material will be priced and included in the sale from 10.00.

Specimen garden trees from my private garden will also be potted up and included in the sale.

Photographs to follow.

Latest News – Massive Sale!

I am restructuring and downsizing my business so that I can concentrate on my teaching/Bonsai schools, demonstrations and private tuition/tree maintenance work. The class list of new dates for spring/summer 2019 will be published soon.

As a result of this I need to sell off a lot of my stock. Sale starts this weekend 10th and 11th November Saturday and Sunday 10.00 to 3.00 each day. There will be 30% off everything and 50% off Japanese fencing panels.

Keep checking my website or Facebook page for further announcements regarding the sale of stock from our growing beds and Japanese garden trees. Bonsái exhibition display tables and outside display benches will also be coming up for sale. Some of the trees from my own collection will be included in the sale.

The road from the bridge/crossroads to the nursery will be closed from the 5th to the 16th November so access to the nursery will only be possible by coming through the village of Havercroft. I understand diversion signs are now in place.


Latest News – November class availability

Sat 3rd.    Open workshop.        Sold out

Sun 4th.    Open workshop.        2 places

Sun 1th.    Open workshop.         4 places

Wed 14th.  Midweek workshop.   Sold out

Sun 17th.    Pines three.               3 places

Sat 24th.     Open workshop.        4 places

Sun 25th     Academy Four

Wed 28th     Midweek workshop    1 place


Latest News – August/September class availability.


Sun 19th       Open workshop           4 places

Wed 22nd     Midweek workshop     2 places


Sun 2nd          Open workshop          Sold out

Wed 5th          Midweek workshop     1 place

Sun 16th          Open workshop          3 places

Wed 19th         Midweek workshop     Sold out

Sat 22nd           Open workshop.         3 places

Sun 23rd           Taxus two                   3 places

Sun 30th           Open workshop         6 places

Topical Times – Bonsai?….are not they those small trees?

A regular update on the life and times of John Hanby’s Newstead Bonsai Centre……..

Topical Times – Bonsai?…..are not they those small trees?

Ask anyone you come across about Bonsai and I am sure they will only be too happy to explain to you that it is all about small miniature trees. Yesterday’s workshop was certainly not all about small miniature trees!!

True the material arriving on the class were Bonsai in the making…….but small??…… must be joking! These three giants arrived for some pruning advice. An Eleagnus, an Oak tree and a Field Maple.

Impressive trunks with excellent potential for some carving work and branch development. They are undoubtedly long term projects but with the possibilities for creating some amazing trees!

I will endeavour to keep you up to date with our bonsai journey…….

Studio Stories – Take Three trees……..

Sometimes I work on nursery trees, sometimes I work on client’s trees……and sometimes if I’ve been a really good boy I get to work on my own trees. Hopefully these regular visits will give you an insight into what goes on behind closed doors……….
Studio Stories – Take Three trees…..

These three trees were minding their own business growing away nicely in my garden……..but then they were whisked off into the studio for a bout of summer pruning.

The Black Pine was lifted from our growing bed 18 months ago. The Escallonia is due for a revamp of the deadwood. The Lonicera Nitidia basically has a good shape but some branches are being thickened to extend the tree’s profile.

All Three trees are works in progress and I must say I am pleased with all of them……they really are progressing well……

…… keep up the good work!!