VILLAGERS in Tissington have gathered for the first day of the well dressing celebrations, following hours or work by a dedicated team of volunteers.
Freelance photographer and video producer Rod Kirkpatrick from Ashbourne-based firm FStoppress, captured the run-up to the festival on film.
Each year the boards, coated in clay, are decorated with tens of thousands of petals, leaves and pieces of foliage to create giant intricate mosaics.
The boards, that each take teams of ten villages three days to make are part of the Well Dressing displays in Tissington, Derbyshire.
The village has been decorating its six wells every year for more than six hundred years.
The tradition is believed to be a celebration of the wells never running dry, giving life and sustaining the village during times of plague.
After a church service today clergy from six parishes will bless each of the wells.
Following in Tissington's footsteps many other villages in the Derbyshire area also have their own well dressing traditions.