It’s only rocks and strolls, but we like it
reappearing in places I didn’t expect.”
Pettrina Keogh, from Westcott, runs a similar group called SurreyHills Rock Hunters, which covers Dorking, Guildford and Reigate. In just a few weeks the group has gained a large following and Ms Keogh has had some amazing feedback.
She said: “It’s gained more traction than I anticipated, and at an amazingly fast rate.
“We thought a few local school families and friends would get involved, but now have 350 active members in just a few weeks.
“I love the fact that the kids are inspired to get crafty too, and they’re so excited when they see their creations turn up in different places through the Facebook group finder posts.
“One of my son’s Pokemon rocks has travelled from Guildford to Shere, to Leith Hill, to Westcott, to Box Hill and back to Dorking in the last four weeks.”
The mum, who works in global advertising, said she was inspired by the idea after hearing about it through word of mouth.
Ms Keogh added: “I heard about the craze from friends in Ealing – they have a very popular group there.
“[It] turns out its been a craze sweeping America, Australia and New Zealand for some time.
“My seven-year-old son loved the idea and there didn’t appear to be any local groups, so we decided to set one up ourselves. Luckily I work from home mostly, so have time to get outdoors with the kids and dog in the lovely Surrey Hills countryside.
“It was the summer holidays and I wanted something to entertain the kids when I needed to work, and get them outdoors rather than glued to screens.”
You can join SurreyHills Rock Hunters and Surrey Rocks on Facebook.
See their pages for further information.
A selection of painted rocks created by members of the Surrey Rocks group, which have been posted on its Facebook page