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One man dies of suicide every single minute!

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Having been about this bonsai lark for nearly thirty years now I am on safe ground when I say it’s a male dominated pass-time. Sure there are lots of ladies that enjoy bonsai but they are severely outnumbered in ALL the places I have ever been. Figuring that all out might leave me skating on thin ice these days. What is it that men love so much about cultivating bonsai trees? It is the camaraderie, the chance to get out of the house (washing up, shopping etc’). Maybe it’s the opportunity to do something and make our own decisions without the encumberment of the other half’s input or getting an ear bashing from the kids. Safe to say there are as many reasons as there are folk messing with bonsai trees.

In our insane digital age we need a chance to put the brakes on. As much as digital life moves at the speed of light, humans remain the same daft stumbling, stuttering, bemused and confused meat sacks we have been since Adam got chucked out of paradise. There is nothing we need more than time to slow it all down and do something elemental, natural and engrossing. Going on holiday does not really do that for me, travelling, airports, car parks, busses, trains and artificial adventures drain the finances and to me just look like a stress sandwich, not to mention the environmental considerations of all of that running around. On the other hand, spend an hour watering bonsai trees at home, pass an evening pruning, weeding, wiring bonsai with a good beer, wine, cigar or even a broccoli smoothie. Soak up the atmosphere, the weather and the magic of trees. Endure the frustration of things going wrong, taking too long and just generally living in the real, natural world. Learn to love, respect and understand the life of trees and become a better person in the process. Add into the mix a few bonsai friends and tell me that’s not magic.

In these days of PC, inclusion and fairness to everyone, as a middle aged man I have to say I feel beleaguered at every turn. I don’t know how to say the right thing all the time, I don’t always have the right opinions and living up to the expectations folk have of me as a man, a father, a husband and a business owner and some say ‘artist’, leaves me desperately confused and, most of the time, depressed. I know i am not alone, I have a few good mates in whom I confide but not everyone is so lucky. The tragic thing is there are very few places for men to turn, especially as we get older. Suicide rates for men in the UK are up to three to five times higher than for women. One man dies of suicide every single minute! Having fought depression all my life I entirely understand how things are. Men need some help and our mental health issues are both important and serious. I am a firm believer that bonsai and the wider bonsai community can help with what we have and we could, and should, do more in this respect, stop squabbling and be entirely inclusive.

Raising awareness of mens mental health issues is something I think is important and is certainly gaining momentum across the globe. Both myself and Kaizen Bonsai Ltd are supporting the work of the DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN'S RIDE. I was privileged to take part in the event last year and will be doing so again this year. Doing something daft raised close to five million dollars worldwide last year which has been invested in men’s mental health programs globally. Rides are being held across the country and assuming you ride a bike, any type of motorbike, go and get involved, it’s a great event. To find a ride https://www.gentlemansride.com/rides.If you don’t ride do please consider making a small donation, perhaps one day help will be there when you need it most https://www.gentlemansride.com/rider/GrahamPotter148253.

Graham Potter
September 2018

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Our unique soil mixes have become, by far, the most popular growing media within UK bonsai. Graham has spent thirty years tweaking and refining these mixes to ensure they produce great results here in the UK. Select the correct mix for your particular tree and it’s potting situation and coupled with our unique Green Dream fertilisers you can expect to see the best bonsai development you have ever enjoyed. With our soil mixes there is no guess work, no serving and no mixing, use everything in the bag, just as we send it too you and stand back ready to enjoy great healthy bonsai trees.

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