Awarded a Gold Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society at the 2022 Chelsea Flower Show.

About

David Cheshire has almost 30 years experience growing Bonsai. He has studied the art of Bonsai in Japan with some of their top Bonsai professionals. He is a qualified horticulturist and plantsman winning an International Plant Propagators Society award for outstanding achievement in 20?? He is currently Chairman of the Federation of British Bonsai Societies (FOBBS), a FOBBS accredited Bonsai judge and owner of David Cheshire Nurseries Ltd.

David began his interest in bonsai when he was about 12 years old after his mother bought him a book by Harry Tomlinson and this interest soon took over his life. Not long after he took on an allotment encouraged by his neighbour with the intention of growing on young trees. David still has a number of these trees he started more than 25 years ago.

Timeline

  • 20??
    David moves to Baginton near Coventry in the West Midlands taking on John Gilles Rare and Unusual Plants, renaming the nursery 'David Cheshire Nurseries Ltd'.

    20??
    David sets up 'David Cheshire Bonsai'.

    20??
    David spent time in Japan studying bonsai, training with some of the top bonsai professionals.

    2014
    David joined the Friends of the National Bonsai Collection (FNBC) committee to help and support the work required with the national collection at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

    2012
    David joins The Ingleby Foundation, a charity working with vulnerable adults and children with disabilities. Here they set up Ingleby Foundation Bonsai Nursery, where David worked with students teaching them horticultural skills and bonsai.

    2010
    David joined the committee of the Federation of British Bonsai Societies (FoBBS) after attending the FoBBS AGM in 2010. At the time, FoBBS were recruiting new people to join the committee, so David put himself forward and he has worked hard over the years helping to organise events while promoting bonsai in the UK.

    2001
    David worked with the BBC on several TV programmes including Charlie’s Gardening Neighbours and Home Front in The Garden, helping source and advise on plants for gardens while also working on screen, planting and building gardens.

    20??
    Worked for Mike Statham Ltd as a horticultural and arboriculture advisor.

    20??
    Set up Astley Nurseries near Nuneaton where he specialised in the production of rare and unusual plants, supplying both retail and trade customers.

    20??
    David returns to the committee of The Ambion Bonsai Club becoming their show manager for a number of years, achieving numerous awards for the club including RHS Gold Medals at BBC Gardeners World.

    20??
    David was Awarded the International Plant Propagators Society Award for outstanding achievement whilst studying horticulture at Warwickshire College.

    20???
    David steps down from the committee of The Ambion Bonsai Club to focus on his studies.

    20??
    Studies horticulture at Warwickshire College where he expanded his interest in plants to include rare and unusual alpines and perennials.

    1995
    Aged 17, David joins the committee of The Ambion Bonsai Club and soon became their librarian.

    1991
    Aged 13, David was introduced to The Ambion Bonsai Club based in his hometown of Nuneaton, where he became an active member participating in tree collecting trips to places like Cannock Chase. Soon, he took on an allotment encouraged by his neighbour with the intention of growing on young trees. David still has a number of these trees that he started growing more than 25 years ago.

    1990
    David's interest in bonsai began when he was about 12 years old after his mother bought him a book on the subject written by Harry Tomlinson.