A velociraptor, triceratops and even a giant tyrannosaurus rex have all been spotted at Selsley Quarry in Stroud – all the brilliantly imaginative work of one local family who got creative with quarry rocks during their daily exercise walk.
Over the past two weeks, since the coronavirus lockdown began, James and Emily Booker, and their two children, Olivia aged three and Thomas aged six, have diligently collected the rocks before using them to bring back a species which became extinct around 65 million years ago.
What originally started as a simple science and design experiment as part of home schooling, soon became a more ambitious project for the family to enjoy – all while delighting other families in the local area.
‘We’ve been walking on the commons for years and have always admired the messages people and families wrote out of rocks in the quarry for others to view and enjoy. It really feels like a family space.
‘Our son Thomas is dinosaur mad, so we thought it would be a fun thing to do as a family and create some valuable memories while getting exercise and learning a little about dinosaurs. It’s brought us great joy to see others react to our work,’ said James Booker.
While it’s only locals who can enjoy the unique works firsthand for now, the Booker family hope the creations will survive beyond lockdown – and that others may visit the site to add further works afterwards.
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