Sign up now to help Buxton Flowerpot Trail turn the streets wild this summer

Buxton residents, business owners and institutions are being invited to sign up for a community art project bringing a dash of colour to the town’s streets this summer.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 3:58 pm

The Buxton Flowerpot Trail will return in July and August to coincide with the summer festivals and school holidays.

Ali Quas-Cohen, artistic director for organising group Funny Wonders, said: “The trail simply aims to bring a smile and to get people spending a bit of time being creative and making something.

“Last year’s trail brought some much-needed colour to the town, brightening up the day of those still out and about during the first lockdown. We loved how so many households got involved – it was actually the biggest trail yet. We’re hoping to increase the number of dots on the map again this year.”

The Buxton Flowerpot Trail is set to return this July.

The theme for 2021 is ‘wildlife and wilderness’, tying in with Buxton Wild Weeks and the 150th anniversary celebrations for the Pavilion Gardens – but flowerpot artists can let their imaginations run wild too.

Simple flowerpot people are easy to make but if you do need some pointers, making instructions and videos are available from Funny Wonders’ website and Facebook page.

The group is also planning to hold outdoor workshops at the Green Man gallery on Saturdays May 22 and 29. If you need some pots, you can pick some up for free at a stall on the market on Saturday, May 1.

Ali said: “We ask that you don’t buy new pots - it’s all about finding creative uses for old resources. Many of the pots we have are from the Pavilion Gardens, Serpentine Community Garden and my nan’s shed.

"If anyone has a collection of old pots, we’ll happily take them off your hands, particularly the black ones as these can’t be recycled in the household bins.”

Creations can be displayed in gardens, on gateposts, door steps or in windows, anywhere so long as they are visible from a public footpath. To register a location for the trail, email [email protected] with the address by Friday, June 25.

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