Buxton Flowerpot Trail
It is safe to say that Buxton has a thing with flowerpot people. It all started when the Buxton Town Team rejuvenated the town's Buxton in Bloom competition and entry into the Royal Horticultural Society's East Midlands in Bloom Competition in 2014. The following year, they added a new category: 'Best Flowerpot Person'.
As making flowerpot people is a little bit silly, a little bit fun and involves the re-use of materials, something which we advocate, Funny Wonders obviously got involved. We helped the Town Team run community making workshops and promote the Bloom category and, in 2019, we officially took over the Buxton Flowerpot Project, reviving the Buxton Flowerpot Trail, which was tested in 2017.
Up to 2019, the flowerpot creations were displayed around the town, in shop windows, on doorsteps and in gardens, in July for our summer festivals. It has taken a slight detour in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with it running from April to August to help brighten up the day of those still out and about – key workers, community volunteers and households out on their daily exercise opportunity. Normal service is resumed in 2021.
The project encourages all households and businesses in Buxton, to create and display a flowerpot person to bring a smile to anyone walking by.
Makers are encouraged to have a rummage through their sheds, garages, gardens, activity rooms and recycling to see what resources they can find. We also run making workshops at community days such as the Buxton Spring Fair and Rotary Club's Summer Fair & Charity Bazaar and at community venues, the Green Man Gallery and the Serpentine Community Garden.
We then create a location map and trail of the displayed flowerpot creations for locals and visitors to the town to follow to see them all.
Makers are also encouraged to enter the Buxton Town Team's Buxton in Bloom 'Best Flowerpot Competition'.
Flowerpot people are very simple to make – they are just knots in string. See our instructions and videos below to make a basic flowerpot person. But there really is no right way to make one - you’re free to experiment and make them however you can.
If you would like to get involved with the project - help run workshops, or promote it to others - or have any questions, please get in touch at .
For any posts on social media, please use #BuxtonFlowerpotTrail.
How to Make a Flowerpot Person
Part I - looking for resources
Part II - what you need
Part III - construction
Our first flowerpot project in 2019 was supported by a Derbyshire County Council Action Grant. Since, we have received funding from the High Peak Borough Council’s Councillor’s Initiative Fund, Derbyshire County Council's Community Fund and Tarmac. We give particular thanks to local councillors, Linda Grooby, Jean Todd and Matt Stone, for their help and support.
For more information about the project pre-2019, please see the Buxton Town Team's website.
Anyone wanting to get involved with the project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you made a flowerpot person? Send us a picture or post it on social media using the hashtag #BuxtonFlowerpotTrail.