PHOTOGRAPHY / JAYNE TOYNE

Bonsall Welldressing

For one week every year in the little village of Bonsall in Derbyshire, a group of folk gather around in a cow shed to create a beautiful well dressing and a host of other curious contraptions and creations. It's an ancient tradition that is peculiar to the Peak District area of the county and blesses the water sources and wells with stunning images created out of natural plant resources pressed into a clay base. Of course, there's far more to it than meets the eye. The traditions upheld by a gradually diminishing farming community are being carefully preserved by the few that remain. Passing the knowledge through the generations. 

Amongst the chattering swallows in the eaves you'll find plenty to sing about. 

Bonsall welldressing and carnival