The snakes that grew and grew

July 01 2020

Emily and Poppy Weston with the Covid-19 snake they started in Johnsons Road, Emersons Green

Emily and Poppy Weston with the Covid-19 snake they started in Johnsons Road, Emersons Green

SNAKES have been slithering along playgrounds and paths in the area as a creative way to stay entertained during the lockdown.
The Covid-19 snakes are a group effort, where people decorate a pebble and place them one after the other to create a colourful piece of street art for everyone to enjoy.
One of the biggest around is in the play area at Johnsons Road, Emersons Green.
It was started by Lizzie Weston and her daughters Emily, 10, and eight-year-old Poppy, who attend Emersons Green Primary School.
They placed a painted snake’s head on the ground in May and invited neighbouring families to add brightly-coloured sections to it.
In just over a week the snake was 273 stones long and after a month, the total number of pebbles had risen to 477.
Lizzie said: “We are very proud of our girls and think it’s pretty cool.”
Another snake, named Woody, has been growing in Buckingham Place, Downend after it was started by the Touzalin family for children Addy and Jakub.
Mum Emma said: “We started the snake to try to help the children stay connected to others as they were really missing the interaction and direct contact with friends and family; Addy especially was finding it hard not going to preschool, where she has some lovely friendships.
“Addy has always loved collecting rocks and she has many decorated ones she has brought or been given as gifts.
“We kept our fingers crossed that a few of our friends and neighbours would join in, but the response has been brilliant and a lovely talking point on the street when we see people by Woody.”
Woody has already passed 80 stones.
Pucklechurch also has a snake, which is on the footpath near the prison.