Getting stuck in to the good stuff that’s going on, round Buxton way.
Naturally pumped up for Buxton.
Our water fell on the pristine Peak District landscape some 5000 years ago, before being naturally pumped up through a mile of limestone, then bottled at source right here in beautiful Buxton. So you see, we’re part of this place, right down to the minerals that makes our water so special. And of course, we couldn’t be prouder of our heritage. We’re Buxton through and through. That’s why, if there’s something going on round here that benefits our local community, we like to roll up our sleeves, and rock on up with a can-do attitude.
A fair bit of fun was had by all
Take the Buxton Spring Fair for starters. Every year, on May Day bank holiday, Buxton town likes to throw a bit of a do to celebrate the season, the fantastic local produce and the prodigious homegrown talent. Jam-packed with great exhibitions, tasty food, art and entertainment of all kinds, it’s the place to be if you want to see the Chapel Morris Men rattling their bells, get competitive for the egg and spoon race at the Pavilion Gardens, or just have a right old laugh with one another.
Helping everyone learn about recycling
Yep, we set up a stall with Recoup, a specialist organisation dedicated to better recycling. Throughout the fair we spoke to visitors to raise their awareness of the importance of recycling plastic, and how the process works. We even had a recycling themed quiz, which gave people the chance to win one of 30 super-cuddly Baby Busta teddy bears, made entirely from recycled plastic bottles. On the day, fair-goers were asked to help recycle as many of their used plastic bottles as possible, so we could donate two public benches (made entirely from recycled plastic too) for the Buxton community to enjoy. We’re chuffed to bits to say we reached our goal, and they are both now in Cote Heath Park, helping Buxtonites take the weight off.
Pure entertainment, every single year
Then in July, we sponsored the Buxton Wells Dressing Festival, a traditional Christian blessing ceremony that can trace its roots back to medieval times. About 150 years ago, everyone decided that it was a great excuse for a massive party, lasting a whole weekend. And who are we to disagree? So, year in year out, we’re there with bells on. This year we donated funds to help make the event go off with a bang, and a bunch of us paraded in the carnival with the Buxton branded Electric Car holding our Proud To Be From Buxton banner. For full-on fun, the festival can’t be beaten.
Getting out in the open, to feel great inside
Of course it’s not all about enjoying a good old shindig. We’re bang up for helping keep Buxton (and the Peak District) beautiful – and an added bonus, it makes us feel good on the inside too. That’s why, Buxton Water and The Wildlife Trust, the UK’s largest people-powered environmental organisation, launched the campaign, ‘Get Better with Nature’.
You see, it’s all about discovering the pleasure we get from the natural world, so we can better understand how vital it is to protect our environment for generations to come. That’s why, at the end of June, along with local schools, charities and community groups, we pulled on our wellies and got our hands dirty at the nature filled Day of Action at Ashwood Park. During the event we made a reptile and invertebrate haven in the shape of a giant’s head, built bat and bird boxes, created natural art and hunted for mini beasts.
By investing just a small amount of time and energy in the local environment, ‘Get Better with Nature’ helps remind us to appreciate the natural spaces around us, and the importance of caring for them. And all the while, having a great time together too. Find out more here.
It’s all about Buxton, naturally
So as you can see, it’s been a busy year so far, packed with amazing events and activities, all around this unique, naturally pumped up part of the world we call home. And there’s no way we’ll stop getting stuck in and helping out, any time soon. So keep your eyes peeled and your fun-antenna twitching, because there’s a lot more good stuff heading Buxton’s way.
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