Welcome to the Portsmouth Branch of the BCSS

As you may expect after the announcements by the Government in these trying times we have now had to take further steps to protect us all. That being the case Portsmouth & District Branch meetings up to June have been cancelled.  With luck we can reconvene in July but we will review the situation in late May and we will follow up with further information at that time. The Summer Show, on 6 June has also been cancelled but, all being well, we hope that the Autumn Show on 26 September will still go ahead.
Finally due to the current situation we have had to postpone our 70th Anniversary Celebration. Happily we can now confirm that the event will take place on 19 June 2021 with the same speakers.  We will advertise again at the appropriate time.

We meet at St. Colman's Church Hall, St. Colman's Avenue, Cosham, usually on the third Saturday of each month. See our contact page for more details of how to find us.

We have a full list of our 2020 meetings on our meetings page. These usually consist of a visiting speaker, who might give a practical demonstration, such as how to graft a plant or how to deal with pests or ailing plants or, aided by colourful slides, might talk to us on any number of possible subjects.

You can travel around the world without having to leave your chair, seeing examples of wonderful cacti and succulents in their natural habitat.

Halfway through the evening, refreshments are served which also gives you a chance to browse through the many sales plants on offer (members bring plants for sale against a small commission to Branch funds) and take part in the raffle.

You can also enter our monthly table show competition.

We also hold two Branch Shows each year, and we have more details of these on our Annual Shows page.

A monthly Newsletter is produced by the Branch and is free to all who attend. This is a chatty publication, full of news, views and information. If you are unable to come to all the meetings and wish to receive the Newsletter, this will be sent to you on receipt of the postage.

We are now on Facebook and Instagram so please visit our pages for up-to-date information, news and pictures of our plants.

We are a very friendly Branch and extend a warm welcome to both new members and visitors alike. Whether you have just one or two plants on your windowsill, or a greenhouse full, here you have the chance to talk to other cactus and succulent enthusiasts and learn more about these fascinating plants.

Why not come along one evening to meet us.


St Colman's Church Hall
St Colman's Avenue


3rd Saturday of the month (unless indicated otherwise)


7.00pm for 7.30pm start

For full details go to our meetings page.

For further information on how to find us go to our contact page.

For information on other branches in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight go to BCSS Zone 11.

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