Derbyshire Rocks: a new collaborative art craze spreads through the county

A new collaborative arts craze is sweeping through the county with people painting rocks and hiding them in Derbyshire parks as part of Derbyshire Rocks.

With almost 4000 members in the Facebook group decorated stones have so far been left in parks in Chaddesden, Markeaton, Elvaston, Normanton, Arboretum, Hilton, Alvaston, and Mickleover. A similar group is also running in Belper with more than 400 members.

The schemes have been inspired by others already running in Beverley and Cleethorpes, as well as Okaloosa. Catherine Bush, who set up the Belper Rocks page, wrote: “The goal is to bring the community together and have a bit of fun. Please be positive and make sure all posts and photos are appropriate.”

While Sarah Swindell, who set up the Derbyshire Rocks page, told the Derby Telegraph, “We had a really bad summer so it’s something you can do with your children on a rainy day and, when the sun shines, you can go out and hide them.”

People have been painting the rocks in all kinds of designs with rainbows and ladybirds popular.

Amber Valley Council contributed a message to the Belper Rocks page, stating: “The Borough Council supports community events and activities and is pleased to see that people are taking on the ‘Belper Rocks’ challenge to get active and creative. However, we would like to request that rocks are not hidden within public shrub borders, flower beds or above a child’s head height as this can lead to Belper Rocks followers damaging plants and climbing on potentially unsafe obstacles.”

There are short instructions on either page for those who want to get involved and anyone finding a rock can share a picture of it to a page using the hashtag #derbyshirerocks or #belperrocks.

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Image by Catherine Bush.

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