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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 Church Hall
Church Hill (A27)
West End
SO30 3LA
  Isle of Wight Meetings
usually 2nd Saturday each month
7:30pm start
Wootton Bridge Methodist Church Hall
Station Road
Wootton, Isle of Wight
PO33 4RE
  Portsmouth Meetings
usually 3rd Saturday each month
7:30pm start
Christ Church Hall
London Road, Widley

Zone 11 Programme - 2024

Date Branch Subject/Speaker/Event
2nd Jan Soton Members' Evening - A Selection of Short Talks by Branch Members
13th Jan IOW Show and Tell. Bring alone a plant and tell us all about it
20th Jan Ports Turbinicarpus (Julian Cooke)
6th Feb Soton Brazil Part 1 - the State of Rio Grande de Sul (Cliff Thompson)
10th Feb IOW Conservation
17th Feb Ports Bring your unnamed plants for ID
5th Mar Soton The Great Outdoors - Gardening with Cacti and Succulents (Paul Spracklin)
9th Mar IOW TBC (Cliff Thompson)
16th Mar Ports TBC - Los Angeles County Arboretum and The Huntington (Ben Turner)
2nd Apr Soton American Shows, Nurseries & Collections (Stuart Riley)
13th Apr IOW Question Time. Your cacti and succulent questions answered
20th Apr Ports Plant Auction
7th May Soton Annual Cultivation & Propagation Evening - presentations & discussions
11th May IOW Cultivation (Vicky Davis)
18th May Ports Social Evening
01st Jun Ports Portsmouth Summer Show at Christ Church Hall, Widley, PO6 3NB
4th Jun Soton South Africa re-visited (Richard White)
8th Jun IOW Fraileas and all that Jazz (Stephen Woods)
15th Jun Ports Mini Show & Judging (Bill Darbon)
2nd Jul Soton TBC
13th Jul IOW Ethnobotany. Interrelations between man and plants
20th Jul Ports Baja 2023 (Ian Woolnough)
6th Aug Soton TBC
10th Aug IOW Open House Meeting - members only
17th Aug Ports No meeting
5th Sep Soton TBC
14th Sep IOW Winter Growing Succulents
21st Sep Ports Social Evening
Sep Ports TBC Portsmouth Autumn Show at Christ Church Hall, Widley, PO6 3NB
1st Oct Soton TBC
12th Oct IOW Madagascar (Hazel Taylor)
19th Oct Ports TBC (Cliff Thompson)
5th Nov Soton TBC
9th Nov IOW Another Year another Slideshow. A year in plants and flowers
16th Nov Ports AGM & Social Evening
3rd Dec Soton Annual General Meeting, followed by Christmas Social
14th Dec IOW AGM and American Supper
Dec Ports no meeting

Note: Amendments are very rare, but if they are necessary, they will usually be posted here. However sometimes changes can occur at the last minute, so if travelling from a distance to attend a particular meeting, please check the relevant branch website (or phone the secretary of the branch) a day or two before the event.

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:
May Srinual, 
Tel: 07966 741901
Portsmouth Website