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Riverhill photo competition

PUBLISHED: 09:41 16 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:41 16 May 2016

Yeti spotting at Riverhill

Yeti spotting at Riverhill

Manu Palomeque 07977074797

Have you entered the Kent Gardens Photography Competition yet? You have until 31 May to get your entries in

David Attenborough believes that the Yeti, or Abominable Snowman, may be real, writes Sarah Rogers, owner of Riverhill Himalayan Gardens.

His evidence is based on footprints found in The Himalayas and a German fossil found in the 1930s with huge molars that were four or five times the size of human molars. He feels that the huge Himalayan rhododendron forests which go on for hundreds of square miles could hold the Yeti and says: “If there are some alive and you walked near their habitat you can bet these creatures may be aware of you, but you wouldn’t be aware of them.”

As visitors seek out the Yeti in its Riverhill habitat, the Chestnut Wood, their apprehension is often palpable. Like a snake, the winding path stretches ahead of them through the carpet of bluebells, the boughs of the trees creak in the wind and leaves rustle underfoot. There is no sign of a Yeti. Suddenly there is a glimpse of white in the distance – a blur between the boughs and dens. And then nothing. Tentatively, they creep forward, taking the hand of parents. Another sighting stops them in their tracks. Is it wise to move closer?

At Riverhill we have long known that our Yeti is a living, breathing creature and this photograph proves this. It has been resident in the woods for nearly seven years, albeit in hibernation for the autumn and winter months. It is difficult for us to age our Yeti but our suspicions are that it’s a young juvenile Yeti as it is rarely up before 2pm.

The mountainous habitat, woodland and Rhododendrons must have played their part, but there is another theory that it has a penchant for leftover freshly baked scones. The Riverhill Yeti is a shy and silent creature and has never been known to be aggressive. Indeed, many older visitors may visit the woods and not even be aware of it. It takes young, sharp eyes to spot a Yeti and bravery to befriend one. Many of our younger visitors achieve this and are rewarded with stickers from the ticket office.

I am often asked by visiting children whether the Yeti is real? My response is always that I can’t get close enough to find out; I’m certainly not brave enough to check out the size of its teeth!

How to spot a yeti...

 The Yeti can usually be spotted between 2-4pm in The Chestnut Wood (weekends and school holidays)

 Move quietly through the wood; the Yeti can be frightened off by loud noise

 Don’t forget your camera!

Photography Competition

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens and Kent Life have launched a new Kent Gardens Photography Competition, to be judged by Kent Life chief photographerManu Palomeque, Riverhill owner Sarah Rogers and Kent Life editor Sarah Sturt.

Visit www.riverhillgardens.co.uk 
for competition details and terms.

Deadline for entries: 31 May 2016.

The winning photograph will be published in Kent Life and the winner will also receive a one-to-one photography tuition session with Manu Palomeque at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, plus an adult season pass.

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