Buxton chosen to exhibit at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show as well dressing tradition is celebrated

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Five local groups, including Buxton have been chosen to design well dressings for display at the RHS Chatsworth Flower, held on 7th – 11th June 2017.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has today announced the five local groups who will showcase their well dressing skills at the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show (7 – 11 June 2017). Ashford Women’s Institute, Buxton Well Dressing, Burton Closes Hall & Bakewell AJ Welldressing, Chesterfield Town Pump Group and Tideswell Well Dressers will be working to create beautiful designs in natural materials such as flower petals, leaves and seeds for display at the show.

Buxton Well Dressings’ entry

More than 62,000 tickets have already been sold for the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, for which the overarching theme is ‘Design Revolutionaries’. The winning well dressing designs draw inspiration from the Derbyshire landscape and great innovators in design such as Sir Joseph Paxton and Lancelot ‘Capability Brown’, both of whom had a significant impact on the magnificent 1000-acre Chatsworth Estate.

Well dressing is an age-old custom unique to the Peak District and Derbyshire, which is thought to date back to Roman and Celtic times, when communities would dress wells to give thanks for fresh water supplies. The tradition continues in scores of towns and villages between May and September each year, when everyone from schoolchildren to grandparents pitches in to create living arts installations made from flower petals and other natural materials.

Buxton Well Dressing 2016 – celebrating the ‘Year of the English Garden’.

Liz Patterson of the RHS Shows Team said: ‘We are very excited to be hosting the first ever RHS Well Dressing Competition at our new RHS Show at Chatsworth. We have selected five well dressing entries to display at the show, giving visitors the opportunity to vote for their favourite.

‘We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response we have received from local well dressing groups. We received some really exciting designs and concepts, and can’t wait to see the finished product. We aim to bring this unique custom to a different audience. We are sure our visitors will love it, and plan that this becomes a regular feature at the show.’

Jo Dilley, Managing Director of Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire, the area’s official tourist board, said: ‘This a brilliant opportunity for the successful Well Dressing teams to showcase both age-old skills handed down through the generations and the Peak District and Derbyshire’s unique and most ancient tradition at a world class event visited by tens of thousands of people from both the UK and overseas.

“Many congratulations to all concerned, and we look forward to seeing their imaginative designs in full bloom in June.’

Tickets to RHS Chatsworth Flower Show can be bought at rhs.org.uk/flowershows and can also be purchased at Buxton Tourist Information Centre in Pavilion Gardens, St. John’s Road.