Cactus chums back in the city

The British Cactus and Succulent Society Sheffield Branch held a show at the Botanical Gardens, Sheffield over the weekend. Peter Cowdell with one of his entries at the exhibition
The British Cactus and Succulent Society Sheffield Branch held a show at the Botanical Gardens, Sheffield over the weekend. Peter Cowdell with one of his entries at the exhibition
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The 62nd annual gathering of Sheffield’s ‘cactus chums’ will be held at a free show in the city this summer.

Crowds are expected to turn out for Sheffield Cactus and Succulent Society’s two-day display when it opens at Sheffield Botanical Gardens on June 3.

Short ones, talls ones, and those of the flowering variety will be among the hundreds of cactus on show at the event, which attracts cactus-growers from across the country each year, and aims to open the hobby up to the wider public.

“We’ve been in the city for 71 years,” said society publicity officer, Peter Cowdell.

“Cactus are our pride and joy, we know how to look after them, we sell the seeds at a low cost - we’re just trying to get more people interested in them.

“There will be lots of stunning and rare plants on show over the June weekend, many of which are easy to grow, and we sell our own information packs at £2.50 each, which contain comprehensive cultivation guidelines - great for newcomers - and a special membership form entitling you to £2 off your first year’s subscription.

“There will also be a celebrity on hand to cut the ribbon on the day, so it’s going to be a really exciting couple of days.”

The Sheffield Cactus and Succulent Society was founded in 1946 and is one of over 90 branches BCSS branches throughout the UK, with over 3,000 members in total. Each one has an active programme of local events, meetings, talks and shows, supplemented by a number of regional and national events. The society’s aim is to promote the study, conservation, propagation and cultivation of cacti and other succulent plants.

Visit www.sheffield.bcss.org.uk for more details.