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Welcome to Zone 11 of the British Cactus and Succulent Society


Monthly Meetings

The Branches which comprise Zone 11 (Southampton and District, Portsmouth and District, and Isle Of Wight) hold regular meetings and stage displays or sell plants at events throughout the year. Details of these are given in the colour-coded table below.

Each monthly meeting generally consists of a speaker giving a slide show, practical demonstration or talk about a topic likely to be of interest to cacti and succulent growers. A selection of plants is usually available for purchase, and some of the branches hold a library of books which can be borrowed on a monthly basis. Attending these meetings is an ideal way of learning more about the hobby - and if you have cacti or succulent plants which require identification, bring them along - someone will help you put names to the plants and tell you more about how to look after them.

Southampton Meetings
usually 1st Tuesday each month
7:30pm start
St James's Parish Hall
Church Hill (A27)
West End
SO30 3LA
  Isle of Wight Meetings
usually 2nd Saturday each month
7:30pm start
Church Close Community Centre
off Church Close
Wootton, Isle of Wight
PO33 4QH
  Portsmouth Meetings
usually 3rd Saturday each month
7:30pm start
St Colman’s Church Hall
St Colman’s Avenue

Zone 11 Programme - 2021

Due to the covid restrictions which are in place, branches have had to suspend holding their monthly meetings. Depending on the government eventually lifting the isolation requirements and also the availability of meeting halls and the ability of branch committee members being able to re-arrange meetings and put on events, it's possible that some events may be sheduled by branches later this year. The BCSS has already advised that the National Show (which was postponed in 2020) will now be held in 2022.

For the time being, please visit the individual Zone 11 branch websites:

Portsmouth Branch

Southampton Branch

Isle of Wight Branch

Some branches have held online meetings where people can view talks and have discussions using a PC or a mobile device which connects to the online meeting. The BCSS has also being organising some online talks, please click on the following link for more details of these:

Upcoming Zoom meetings organised by the BCSS

Contact Details

To obtain further information you may wish to visit the appropriate branch's website or contact the branch secretary :
BCSS Southampton Secretary:
Mr David Neville, 
Tel: 02380 551173
Southampton Website
  BCSS Isle of Wight Secretary:
Mr Stephen Woods, 
Tel: 01983 866356
Isle of Wight Website
  BCSS Portsmouth Secretary:
Ms Carrie Hands, 
Tel: 02392 375667
Portsmouth Website