Painted Stone Circle Around A Tree

A pebble circle design made on the ground around a tree on the Thorpe Acre Trail, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK.

Children and adults made designs like these around various trees during the time of the COVID-19 virus pandemic 2029. They are symbolic of hope and echo the offerings made to nature, trees, Earth and the gods by people down the millennia.

This one is more sophisticated than many with the majority often being single pebbles or stones often painted and some with texts by children but adults too make and place them.

The painting and placing of painted stones in the public landscape might be viewed perhaps as a new folk practice.

Paul Conneally
July 7th 2020

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