PICTURES: Fabulous cacti awarded at Sussex society’s show

Sussex branch of British Cactus & Succulent Society Show.
Pictured is Drew Gasson (10) at the show. 
South Downs Nurseries, Hassocks, West Sussex. 
Picture: Liz Pearce 22/07/2017

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Sussex branch of British Cactus & Succulent Society Show. Pictured is Drew Gasson (10) at the show. South Downs Nurseries, Hassocks, West Sussex. Picture: Liz Pearce 22/07/2017 LP170315 SUS-170722-192618008

Sussex and Littlehampton’s finest succulents and cacti were showered with awards at a competition last week.

Among the winners at the south east division of the British Cactus and Succulent Society’s show were couple Chris Haysom and Vicky Davies from Littlehampton, who won the Novice Cup.

Sussex branch of British Cactus & Succulent Society Show.
Pictured are L-R Chris Haysom and Vicky Davies with their cacti and their Novice Cup. 
South Downs Nurseries, Hassocks, West Sussex. 
Picture: Liz Pearce 22/07/2017

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Sussex branch of British Cactus & Succulent Society Show. Pictured are L-R Chris Haysom and Vicky Davies with their cacti and their Novice Cup. South Downs Nurseries, Hassocks, West Sussex. Picture: Liz Pearce 22/07/2017 LP170319 SUS-170722-192707008

Anne Adams won best succulent for her pachypodium. The Rustington local said she was surprised to win at the event, held at the South Downs Nurseries in Hassocks on July 22, as her plant – which looks like a spiny tree – was not in flower on the day.

But the judges were impressed with the age of her 20-year-old succulent and handed her the award. She said: “I just felt so delighted.”

The 78-year-old is at the forefront of the succulent-loving community in West Sussex, having been a founding member of the group in the early sixties.

Now, the Sussex branch has approximately 27 members and she is hoping to recruit more to attend their regular meetings, which are held across the county. Those interested can call 01903 776 979.

Sussex branch of British Cactus & Succulent Society Show.

South Downs Nurseries, Hassocks, West Sussex. 
Picture: Liz Pearce 22/07/2017

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Sussex branch of British Cactus & Succulent Society Show. South Downs Nurseries, Hassocks, West Sussex. Picture: Liz Pearce 22/07/2017 LP170310 SUS-170722-192530008

Sussex branch of British Cactus & Succulent Society Show.

South Downs Nurseries, Hassocks, West Sussex. 
Picture: Liz Pearce 22/07/2017

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Sussex branch of British Cactus & Succulent Society Show. South Downs Nurseries, Hassocks, West Sussex. Picture: Liz Pearce 22/07/2017 LP170311 SUS-170722-192517008

Sussex branch of British Cactus & Succulent Society Show.
Pictured is Geoff Lovell with his prize winning  Euphorbia succulent, 
South Downs Nurseries, Hassocks, West Sussex. 
Picture: Liz Pearce 22/07/2017

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Sussex branch of British Cactus & Succulent Society Show. Pictured is Geoff Lovell with his prize winning Euphorbia succulent, South Downs Nurseries, Hassocks, West Sussex. Picture: Liz Pearce 22/07/2017 LP170321 SUS-170722-192731008

Sussex branch of British Cactus & Succulent Society Show.
Pictued is Graham Evans (show secretary) with his Gymnocalyclum. 
South Downs Nurseries, Hassocks, West Sussex. 
Picture: Liz Pearce 22/07/2017

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Sussex branch of British Cactus & Succulent Society Show. Pictued is Graham Evans (show secretary) with his Gymnocalyclum. South Downs Nurseries, Hassocks, West Sussex. Picture: Liz Pearce 22/07/2017 LP170323 SUS-170722-192755008

Sussex branch of British Cactus & Succulent Society Show.

South Downs Nurseries, Hassocks, West Sussex. 
Picture: Liz Pearce 22/07/2017

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Sussex branch of British Cactus & Succulent Society Show. South Downs Nurseries, Hassocks, West Sussex. Picture: Liz Pearce 22/07/2017 LP170324 SUS-170722-192807008

Sussex branch of British Cactus & Succulent Society Show.

Winning owners, L-R Barbara Baker, Graham Evans, Anne Adams and Geoff Lovell. 
South Downs Nurseries, Hassocks, West Sussex. 
Picture: Liz Pearce 22/07/2017

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Sussex branch of British Cactus & Succulent Society Show. Winning owners, L-R Barbara Baker, Graham Evans, Anne Adams and Geoff Lovell. South Downs Nurseries, Hassocks, West Sussex. Picture: Liz Pearce 22/07/2017 LP170325 SUS-170722-192820008