A local resident has created a thriving Facebook group for her new hobby of painting rocks and hiding them for others to find.
The group, called Love Rocks of Ruislip, has gained more than 600 members since it was created last month by Sarah Higgs.
Sarah paints the rocks and hides them across parks in Ruislip and is now expanding to Northwood and different areas of Hillingdon.
Sarah, a 26-year-old who works in legal recruitment, created the group after being furloughed because she “wanted to use my spare time to do something to put a smile on people’s faces”.
She said: “The response has been amazing, so many people have taken part and go out just to look for the rocks I’ve hidden, it’s brilliant. I was in one of the parks hiding the rocks when I heard a child shout ‘Daddy I found one,’ before running around trying to find more. That was a lovely moment.
“I honestly didn’t expect it to get so popular but I’m so glad it has, it’s so lovely to see everyone’s pictures when they find the rocks or the fairy garden.”
The fairy garden, located in Mad Bess Woods is a decorated area that Sarah put together.
She explained: “I was inspired by seeing a picture of another fairy garden and wanted to create something for people to find which doesn’t move about like the rocks. I decided to create a fairy garden where people can go to, take photos and make a wish. I’m also going to be putting little make a wish tokens there for people to take home with them too as a thank you for visiting the fairies.”
With plenty of parents posting photos of their kids with the rocks on Facebook, Sarah said she has no plans to stop anytime soon.
“I honestly don’t think there’s an age limit either, I’m 26 and I’d never found a kindness rock before I started this and I know I would have been very excited to find one. I’ve never been particularly artistic but I find painting the rocks really therapeutic too.”
To join the group, go to facebook.com/groups/loverocksofruislip/