From Kath Hughes on behalf of Malcolm Hughes, Chairman of FoBBS:

It is with a tremendous sense of loss that we have to announce the death of Paul Goff, on Monday November 10th following a severe stroke last week.. He will be very greatly missed by all in the bonsai world in the UK. Known most especially for his skill with photography and his ability to teach us all how to display our trees in the best possible way. He was a scroll painter, photographer, rock musician and bonsai artist. And at 62 was still a man young in heart ready to enjoy life to the full. His spirit of enjoyment and extensive knowledge will be missed by all who knew him

Our thoughts and wishes go out to his partner Vivienne as well as to his family and friends at this very sad time.

For those wishing to express their condolences, the e-mail address is:

For those who may wish to attend, Paul’s funeral will be at 3.30pm on Thursday November20th at Milton Malfor Crematorium, Northampton  and after to celebrate his life at 4.15pm at Walnut Tree Inn, Blisworth, Station Rd, Blisworth, NN7 3DS

Flowers will be from family only, donations will  be acceptable at Paul’s funeral made payable to  the Stroke Association or to The British Heart Foundation.


On behalf of all at British Shohin Bonsai and also at the former British Shohin Association, I would like to add that Paul and Vivienne were staunch supporters of the BSA and Paul’s fantastic scrolls were a regular feature at our shows. There have been many award winning exhibits in which one of Paul’s scrolls has formed an integral part of the design – my own included.  And of course Paul was instrumental in setting up the BSA Show book we produced a few years ago – a task we would not have achieved without his skill.   We will pass our condolences to Vivienne but nothing can possibly describe what she must be feeling right now. I hope there will be some event in the future to mark Paul’s immense contribution to bonsai in the UK.  For the moment, let us remember this bonsai “great” for his skills and also for his incredible personality and off the wall character.

Paul Goff

By fionnghal

Shohin the way in Denmark

It’s always good to see the magic of shohin spreading across the globe and we here at British Shohin Bonsai are delighted to see Morten’s new shohin association in Denmark taking off.   We wish him every success with the association – the more people who are spreading the shohin love the better in our book.   Here is how Morten announced the new venture.

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We are glad to announce that the national organization [url=]Shohin Bonsai Danmark[/url] is now established. We look forward to see you at our events and workshops, were everybody are welcome. The website is on air, with all content in Danish and English language.

The interest for Shohin bonsai in Denmark has grown considerably through the later years, and today more people have a special interest in this part of bonsai. We find the time right to help developing this further through workshops, exhibitions, online information i.e., and taking part in bonsai activities.

An international network also has pushed this from idea to realisation, and we now look forward to exchange knowledge and enjoying the beauty of Shohin in a friendly community.

First activities planned in spring, and next autumn our main event will take place. We look forward to a future gaining more interest in Shohin bonsai both nationally and internationally. We look forward to corporate with you, and share the beauty of the seasons with Shohin-bonsai.

A Danish and English language electronic newsletter will be send out regularly to members. Join us and be part of Shohin Bonsai Danmark through the website.

Morten Albek
Shohin Bonsai Danmark