Rock hunting craze sweeps across Sleaford area

Youngsters taking part in rock hunting and hiding: Sophia Jardine, left, and Louis Sandy, right.
Youngsters taking part in rock hunting and hiding: Sophia Jardine, left, and Louis Sandy, right.

A smile beamed across the boy’s face. Reaching down, he excitedly picked up a true ‘work of art’ - a small painted stone.

It was like finding treasure for three year-old Louis Sandy - who is one of many children hunting for colourful rocks hidden throughout the Sleaford area.

Young Louis Sandy, three, proudly shows off the painted rock he found in Leasingham Park.

Young Louis Sandy, three, proudly shows off the painted rock he found in Leasingham Park.

The craze has really taken off here recently - and sees participants painting rocks and hiding them for others to find. In-turn these are then re-hidden for more to discover.

Louis’ mum Cara Jade Sandy said: “Louis was so excited. He finds them all over and is always ecstatic when he does. He’s re-hidden this one in Holdingham.”

Many post their finds to Facebook groups which have sprung up to encourage the activity. One is ‘Sleaford Rocks’ - which was set up earlier this year by local Lizzie Potter.

Speaking to the Standard, she said: “I’ve seen painted rocks around for quite some time now and wanted to create a local group.

Gemma Gunter's photo of her son Oliver holding a rock he found at Mareham Pastures.

Gemma Gunter's photo of her son Oliver holding a rock he found at Mareham Pastures.

“It is great for the community and anything that encourages children to get out and about is a godsend nowadays.”

Writing on the group’s page, Lizzie describes rock painting as a ‘great activity for kids and big kids’.

“Some are veritable works of art,” she added.

Another Sleaford area group is ‘Greylees Rocks’ - with youngsters enjoying hunting out a variety of painted stones left all around the area - under benches, along footpaths - and even in trees.

A selection of rocks painted by Sleaford Day Nursery.

A selection of rocks painted by Sleaford Day Nursery.

Young Sophia Jardine with one of the rocks she found and re-hid.

Young Sophia Jardine with one of the rocks she found and re-hid.

Rocks painted by Melanie Kendrick for the Facebook group 'Greylees Rocks'.

Rocks painted by Melanie Kendrick for the Facebook group 'Greylees Rocks'.

Charlie Frisby's photo of a rock found in Castle Park.

Charlie Frisby's photo of a rock found in Castle Park.

Georgina Milner with a rainbow-coloured rock she found.

Georgina Milner with a rainbow-coloured rock she found.

Sally Thomas Blythe took this photo of her daughter with a rock found in Sleaford town centre that was hidden by Trish Carroll who was visiting the town from South Africa.

Sally Thomas Blythe took this photo of her daughter with a rock found in Sleaford town centre that was hidden by Trish Carroll who was visiting the town from South Africa.