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Welcome to the Southampton & District Branch of the British Cactus and Succulent Society


April Update

In line with Government guidelines regarding Covid-19, Southampton & District Branch has cancelled all meetings and events, at least until the end of July.

Please keep an eye on the Branch website, where we will post any updates to our future plans.

Monthly Meetings

The Southampton and District branch holds regular meetings on the first Tuesday of each month, at Saint James' Church Hall, Church Hill (A27), West End (SO30 3LA). The Hall is located on the A27, about one mile west of junction 7 of the M27. Access to the hall car park is from Hatherell Close - if this car park is full, you can also go round the corner and use the main church car park which can be entered from West End Road. There is no charge for attending meetings and visitors are just as welcome as members. In addition, the Branch takes part in shows and displays at other venues throughout the year.

Each monthly meeting starts at 7:30pm and finishes at 10:00pm, with a break for refreshments. The meetings generally consist of a speaker and slide show, or a practical demonstration or talk. A good selection of plants are available for purchase, and there is also an extensive library of books which can be borrowed on a monthly basis. There is also a table show, where members bring along plants from a nominated category or genus.


Each month, the branch publishes a newsletter. These contain summaries of the talks given at meetings and also provide additional information about forthcoming events. You can download these newsletters (in PDF format) here

50th Anniversary

2004 was a very special year for the Branch since it marked our 50th Anniversary. We held a special birthday convention to celebrate this occasion. If you are interested in the history of the branch, click here.


The branch holds an extensive collection of books which can be borrowed by members. Click here for details of the branch library and for a list of the titles available.


The branch has recently commissioned an enamel badge which allows members to show their affiliation to the branch. Click here for further details.

Additional Information & Links

Click here for some general information on the cultivation of cacti and succulents. It's also fun to try and raise plants from seed.
Click here for links to other Internet websites containing useful information on cacti and succulents.

Photo Galleries

Photos of plants, of some of the events we took part in during recent years, and of the 2004 National Show (which featured some of the best plants in the country).
Gallery 1   Gallery 2  
Events 1   Events 2   Events 3
2004 BCSS National Show   1  2  3  4  5  6  7
2005   2006   2007
2016 BCSS National Show   1  2  3  4  5  6 
ELK Conferences   ELK 2012  ELK 2013

2020 Programme

Date Subject/Speaker Table Show
7th Jan Members' Mini Talks - a number of short talks by branch members Echinocactus Group, Aloe Group, Plant in Flower
4th Feb Rio Grande do Sul (Cliff Thompson) Echinopsis Group, Crassulaceae Group, Plant in Flower
3rd Mar A Trip to North-West Argentina (Hazel Taylor) Opuntia Group, Agave Group, Plant in Flower
7th Apr A Tour of Continental Nurseries & Collections (Stuart Riley) - cancelled Rebutia Group, Haworthia Group, Plant in Flower
5th May Cultivation & Propagation Workshop - with demonstrations and discussions - cancelled  
9th May Branch visit to Havering Cactus Mart, North Romford RM5 3QJ  
2nd Jun South-West USA (Martin Edwards) - cancelled Parodia Group, Euphorbia Group, Plant in Flower
6th Jun Portsmouth Branch Summer Show Christ Church Hall, London Road, Widley PO6 3NB  
4th Jul Branch visit to BCSS National Show Milton Keynes Arena, Stadium Way MK1 1ST  
7th Jul Haworthia & Gasteria (Terry Smale) - cancelled Gymnocalycium Group, Gasteria Group, Plant in Flower
28Jul-30Jul Display / Plant Sales @ New Forest Show, Brockenhurst 9am - 6pm
1st Aug Branch visit to Oxford Branch Show - Old Mill Hall, Grove, Wantage OX12 7LB  
4th Aug Plant Focus Evening Agave & Parodia/Notocactus  
1st Sep Epiphytes Aren't Just For Christmas (Mark Preston) Mammillaria Group, Mesemb Group (exc Lithops), Plant in Flower
12th Sep Display / Plant Sales @ Romsey Show, Broadlands 9:00am - 6:00pm
26th Sep Portsmouth Branch Autumn Show Christ Church Hall, London Road, Widley PO6 3NB  
6th Oct Mesembs in Habitat (Alice Vanden Bon) Echinocereus Group, Lithops Subgroup, Plant in Flower
3rd Nov Highlights, People & Plants at the 2020 BCSS National Show Cactus - 3 plants, Succulents - 3 plants, Plant in Flower
1st Dec Annual General Meeting, followed by Christmas Social  

Regular Meetings (@ St James)
Shows, Displays and other Events
Note: Amendments are very rare, but if they are necessary, they will be posted on this website. If travelling from a distance, please check here (or with the secretary) a day or two before the event.

Monthly Table Show
The Table Show is held at most branch meetings, see table above for details of the eligible cactus and succulent classes for each month. The classes are divided into Open Section (unlimited pot size), Intermediate Section (4.5in pot size limit) and Novice Section (3.5in pot size limit). For every table show, there is also a class for Any cactus or succulent plant in flower (unlimited pot size).

Members can enter multiple entries in a class, if they wish. The novice classes are open to all branch members who have not previously won the Novice Section.

The classes will be judged according to the 10th edition of the BCSS Handbook of Shows. The decision of the judge will be final.

Trophies will be awarded at the end of the year to the persons gaining the most points over the year in the different classes. In addition, the Ladies Cup will be awarded to the lady member gaining the most points across all classes during the year.

Contact Details

To obtain further information or for correspondence, please contact:
David Neville, 
Tel: 023 8055 1173
Mob: 07974 191354
Email: davnev at btopenworld.com
(replace "at" with @ when emailing)
Vinay Shah, 
Tel: 023 80261989 
Email: info at southampton.bcss.org.uk
(replace "at" with @ when emailing)

British Cactus and Succulent Society Calendar of Events.