A PAINTED pebble attraction at Avon Beach is growing thanks to the efforts of Walkford resident Gaynor Dervan.

Gaynor began this colourful hobby with her children when they were younger as a fun way to fundraise for the RNLI from the comfort of their beach hut at Mudeford.

Now, she decided to dive back into an old pastime to bring joy to passers-by during the lockdown.

Gaynor explained: "I left a few painted pebbles on the beach and when I returned a week later, some children added their own. Now, I can't believe how many painted pebbles have appeared!"

From six pebbles to over 150, Gaynor has been amazed at how many people have contributed to the pebble attraction and their creativity.

Creations vary from NHS appreciation, keyworker designs, messages for loved ones, annual events such as Easter, personal designs and much more.

Gaynor said: "The community has really enjoyed doing it. The experience has a really positive community feel to it. The pebbles are a shrine to the lockdown stories as they tell people what happened. It is a way to connect with others and it is accessible to all ages. It's amazing how many people have been down on the beach painting pebbles."