Benefits of Membership

Discover the beauty of cacti and other succulents with the BCSS community!

About membership

Whether you are an expert grower or a novice – or are just thinking of starting up the hobby – the Society will guide you all the way, with around 70 Branches throughout the UK meeting monthly you will have the opportunity to meet other enthusiasts and to learn more about growing these amazing plants. CactusWorld, the Society’s beautifully illustrated quarterly magazine is just one of the many benefits that members receive. It contains articles about new species, plants in the wild, cultivation techniques and, of course, what the Society’s many branches and members are up to.

When you join you will receive:

  • Some packets of seeds so you can have a go at seed-raising
  • A free set of cultivation leaflets in a handy folder
  • Access to CactusWorld for the year

Membership brings a number of other valuable benefits.

  Members Non-members
CactusWorld, our full-colour, quarterly journal packed full of articles on cacti and other succulents including cultivation advice, new discoveries, plants in habitat, greenhouse tours, Branch news, and book reviews Included *
Annual calendar of events Yes No
Annual seed list Yes No
Entry to all Branch meetings** Yes Yes
Talks, conventions and weekend courses Yes No
Access to BCSS library Yes No
Members-only forum on website Yes No
Bradleya Our highly respected scientific yearbook for those with a deeper interest or who want to take their hobby to the next level. Discounted Full price

*Non-members can only buy back-copies of CactusWorld two years after publication.

**A small number of branches charge a modest entry fee to help cover the cost of meeting room hire.

Branch meetings are a key part of the Society’s membership network and when you join your local representative will get in touch. You will receive a warm welcome at your local branch where you can get help and advice on:

  • Sources of plants; most branch meetings have plants (and sometimes seeds) for sale
  • The challenges of growing and propagating
  • Soil mixtures, potting, watering and heating
  • Identifying plants

We also have an active forum and social media presence, which you are free to take part in as a non member or non-member:

Of course, membership does not only bring direct benefits to you. By joining the BCSS you will be supporting the Society’s work in the conservation of cacti and succulents in the wild, and helping us to educate and inform the public about these important and fascinating plants.

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