Flowers, Floats and Walks offered community participants, working with local and national artists, the opportunity to learn new skills based on craft work with artificial and real flowers and plants. Through community sessions with adult community volunteers and college and school students, installations of flower were created. From June to September 2018 this project enabled over 500 members of the community in and around Grantham, Lincolnshire, to take part in a nature-themed creative and healthy activity.
Many of the installations were on hand-pulled carts – ‘floats’ - with floral designs which took part in the large scale outdoor event. Community groups walked with their hand floats through Grantham town centre and displayed their floats as part of the outdoor event.
Other static installations were created at the newly refurbished Wyndham Park boating pool working with a group of Wyndham Park volunteers.
Further volunteers created an indoor flower exhibition at Grantham Museum themed on the voyages of Sir Joseph Banks, the Lincolnshire botanist who sailed on the HMS Endeavour with Captain Cook. Each arrangement featured a different landing stage of the voyage to Australia.
Other walkers took part in walks as part of the wider festival activity.
Craft sessions for adult volunteers were held at Grantham Guildhall Arts Centre and at Wyndham Park, and numerous further sessions with schools and College groups, special sessions with the Grantham Blind Society, and flower arranging took place at Grantham Museum. The volunteers, students and school children then walked with their flower installations across the town of Grantham as part of the Gravity Fields Festival outdoor events. Museum volunteers were on hand with refreshments to reward schools and students who walked with their hand-drawn floats across the town centre.
Further walks took place as part of the wider festival activity in and around the National Trust’s Woolsthorpe Manor and the neighbouring village of Colsterworth.
Flowers, Floats and Walks was supported by the National Lottery through a Big Lottery Fund grant.