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Crowborough’s Rock Snake to be turned into a permanent feature

Update: At a meeting next week, Councillors will consider how to proceed with the Rock Snake feature on Chapel Green.

The Officer is proposing in long-term the decorated stones are held in wire gabions arranged in a horseshoe shape. The feature will be surrounded by a lavender and forget-me-not maze.

A local building firm has said an alternative plan to construct the feature by rendering a brick wall in the stones is impractical, because of the different sizes of stones in the Rock Snake.

The Communications & Events Committee are also being asked to decide whether or not to use winter planting initially, before planting lavender next year. This is because lavender is not particularly tolerant of being planted in wet weather.

The meeting takes place by video-conference on Tuesday 25th August at 7.30pm. Click to download the Agenda and Report.


Original article (July): Crowborough Town Council have decided to create a permanent feature on Chapel Green from the rock snake which has been lovingly created during the pandemic.

It proposes to have the stones installed on the lower, triangular area. The current design proposal involves a low, semi-circular wall which can contain and display the stones to their best advantage. This feature will then be surrounded by a planted forget-me-not and lavender maze, providing an enjoyable area for all to enjoy and preserving the beautifully decorated stones.

Initial design proposal for rock snake feature

The final designs and costings will be discussed at the meeting of the Communication and Events Committee on 11th August before being presented to Full Council on 15th September.  Once approved, it is anticipated the feature will be installed during the Autumn.

Recent weather conditions are impacting the condition of some of the stones, and the Council would encourage anyone who has placed a stone on Chapel Green to check on its condition, and to re-paint or varnish them ahead of the project’s installation.

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