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.

At the end of 2018 it was decided to merge the Waltham Forest Branch of the BCSS, with the Lea Valley Branch. The joint venture then to be known as The Lea Valley and District Branch.

The Lea Valley and District 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.



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Date Speaker Topic

January 9th

Eddy Harris


February 13th

Roger Day

American South West - Part 2

March 13th

Chris Davies

Late Flowered Mammillarias
in Cultivation and Habitat

March 17th

Sunday – Zone 15 Mini-Convention Capel Manor 12:00 for 12:40 p.m. start
(Details to Follow)

April 10th

Rick Gillman

Mexico – Giants and Gems

May 8th

Graham Evans


May 25th - 27th

Sat to Mon – Holiday Weekend – Branch Annual Show and Plant Display – Capel Manor

June 12th

Paul Klaassen

What I Did Last Winter

July 10th

John Hughes

In Search of Amethysts,
Black and Yellow Gold –

July 12th to 14th

Friday to Sunday – Zone 15 Annual Show and Plant Display – RHS Hyde Hall
(Details to Follow)

August 14th

Richard Rolfe

The flora of Lanzarote

September 11th

Mike Partridge

Smaller Opuntias

October 9th

Hazel Taylor

Galapagos and Ecuador

November 13th

Derek Tribble

The Northern Cape

December 11th

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.

Au Cactus Francophone is a massive resource of Web related Cactus and Succulent reference data.

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Updated December 18th 2018

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