Fetcham rocks friendly snake

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A new species of snake is taking shape in the woods near Kennel Lane Rec.

It’s called a Rock Snake – it’s very friendly, certainly won’t bite, and is the work of many small creative hands.

In fact the Fetcham Rocks Friendly Snake is part of a growing movement in villages across the country.

Our picture shows Georgina, aged 8, carefully placing her rock as the snake was born last Friday.  Who knows how far it will go?

Fetcham Rocks is almost two years old now and its Facebook group has nearly 200 members.  The idea is that children paint rocks and then hide them for others to find.  If you find one you can put it back, or move it somewhere else. 

As well as allowing children to get creative, it’s a way of encouraging children and families to get out and about in their local area.

Fetcham Rocks member Louise Bingham says anyone can join in, paint a stone and watch the snake grow.

She says: “During lockdown the group and the painting of rocks has certainly increased. Many families use their exercise time to go hunting for rocks, members post photos of the rocks they have hidden with clues, and also the rocks they have found.

“It's always great when you see a photo of a rock your child painted, found and photographed by another member.

“We hope the snake brings smiles to the faces of the children involved but also others who walk in the woods.”

And Louise asks that if you have any spare rocks, please leave them by the head of the snake for children to take and paint.

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