The Carnivorous Plant Society was formed in 1978 by a small group of enthusiasts. In those early days a basic newsletter and journal were produced and a number of open days were held.
As the society started to grow the quality of the journal and newsletter was increased. Intially the journal was produced twice yearly but later a single volume journal was brought in, with more content. Colour was added as another improvement. Today the journal and newsletter have been replaced by the Planta Carnivora, a high quality professionally produced publication.
We have had a number of Chairmen. The first chairman was John Watkins who was followed by John Sirkett in 1983. Steve Cottell took over the role in 1994 and remained in the post until 2011 - by far the longest serving chairman. The current incumbent is Tim Bailey.
The CPS have been responsible for a number of innovations. We were the first carnivorous plant society to set up a general conservation fund and we have made a number of grants to individuals and organisations over the years. We were also the first society to produce a newsletter in an optional electronic form, distributed by email and later via the society website. The newsletter has now been superceded by the Plant Carnivora, a twice yearly full colour journal with elements of the newsletter incorporated.
The latest enterprise that the CPS is about to initiate is a five year project to look at the feasibilty of peat alternatives and sustainable peat use for the cultivation of carnivorous plants. This is an exciting project - more details to follow.