The Society was formed by Michael Hirsh in 1985, and was called The Bamboo Network. It amalgamated with other European societies in 1986, and was renamed The European Bamboo Network in order to differentiate it from the Australian Bamboo network. In 1989, the European Bamboo Network reverted to its former regional basis, and the British society was renamed The Bamboo Society (EBS Great Britain). The Society is affiliated to The Royal Horticultural Society.

EBS is an informal federation of national European bamboo societies, each of which has its own administration and membership. There is no central administration – the society coheres through its annual general meetings, which are held in a different country in rotation.

THE BAMBOO SOCIETY maintains links with other bamboo societies throughout the world and holds a collection of their newsletters, which it receives by exchange.
Regular weekend visits and days out are organised for members in the UK to attend where we exchange information plant material and friendship.Apart from bamboo most of the current members have interest and knowledge of many other plant genera.

It is intended for the future for the Society to become interested and involved in bamboo art, architecture and engineered products alongside the plant interest.

For names of the current officers and to contact them please see our contact page.

Borinda at Ness Botanical Gardens

Society meeting at Ness Botanical Gardens to view the recent planting of Borindas.

Alsop's garden Bolsterstone Sheffield

Summer visit to a Society member’s garden nr Sheffield.

(L-R) John Bailey of Wheal Jenny, Neil Armstrong of Tremenhere Gardens, Dale Culbreth of Coastal Tree Care and thanks for photos for this website Andrew Mott with camera. Members are invited to send in their photos to the webmaster. There is page with photos that was started on 7th January 2017 go to https://www.bamboo-society.org.uk/project/bamboo-picture-gallery/

EBSGB Events

  • Meetings for 2018 and 2019
    Invitations from two British modern day plant hunters with their own nurseries.
  • AGM 2018
    Andy and Jane Mogeridge are kindly hosting the 2018 AGM at the Rodings Plantery Anchor Lane, Ongar CM5 0JP. The dates are 5/6/7th October 2018.Please let us know if are going to attend.
  • Future Event(s)
    To be arranged. Any member with an idea for a venue please contact Events Officer