Following last year’s ‘lockdown trail’, the Buxton Flowerpot Trail returns to its usual spot of July and August, alongside the town’s summer festivals and school holidays. Community arts group, Funny Wonders, who coordinate the trail, welcome and encourage all in and around the town to get involved – households, businesses, schools and community groups – to make a flowerpot creation for the trail. It is supported this year by a Derbyshire County Council Action Grant, awarded last year but deferred to 2021 due to the reduced costs of last year’s adapted trail.
Flowerpot creations can be displayed in gardens, on gateposts, door steps or in windows, anywhere so long as they are visible from the pavement / public footpaths.
The theme this year, building on some of the wonderful creations last year and to link in with Buxton Wild Weeks and the 150th celebrations of the Pavilion Gardens, is ‘Go Wild! Wildlife and Wilderness’. However, you don’t need to align with the theme.
Simple flowerpot people are easy to make – they’re just knots in string – and there’s no real right or wrong way to do it. If you do need some pointers, making instructions and videos are available from Funny Wonders’ website and Facebook page. If you need some pots, you can pick some up for free at Funny Wonders’ stall on the market on Saturday 1st May. Instructions and decorations will also be available.
Funny Wonders is also holding outdoor workshops at The Green Man Gallery on the first two Saturday afternoons of Stage 3 of the ‘Covid roadmap’ – currently 22nd and 29th May. Keep an eye on their website or social media for confirmed dates.
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