Covid snake gets permanent home in park

November 22 2021

Addy and Jakub Touzalin help put the covid snake into its new home

Addy and Jakub Touzalin help put the covid snake into its new home

A SNAKE made from hundreds of decorated pebbles left by people during the first coronavirus lockdown has been given a permanent home.
'Woody' was started by the Touzalin family in May 2020 to help try to keep children connected to other people at a time when they were missing friends and relatives they were unable to see.
The first pebble was placed on the pavement in Buckingham Place with a simple note inviting people to join in and add their own. But soon it grew until hundreds of pebbles had been added.
Mum Emma Touzalin said: "We started it hoping a few of the families on our street would take part and it would be something nice for the children to enjoy doing, but it was a lovely surprise to see how much it grew and how it became such a talking point in the community.
"Going out to visit ‘Woody’ and seeing all the decorated stones, counting how many there were and wondering who had designed each one became a lovely fun part of the daily routine.
"As lockdown measures began to relax, we started to think about how we could keep the stones as a lasting memory and as a reminder of the lovely way the community came together."
Emma asked fellow members of Facebook group Heathboard for ideas about a permanent home for the piece of community art, which started its journey to its new home by the play area at King George V playing fields.
The family worked with the Friends of King George V & Badminton Road Playing Fields, Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council and South Gloucestershire Frenchay & Downend ward councillors Ben Burton and James Griffiths to find a site and fund the work to create Woody's new home.
The two councillors used a scheme which enables them to give financial support to local projects, known as Member Awarded Funding, to pay for materials and the parish council provided a small plaque telling Woody's story to visitors.
The Touzalin children – Addy, five, and three-year-old Jakub – helped John Lockwood, who came up with the design for the feature, to install Woody in the park.
Emma said: "Woody is now dedicated to all the local children who spent most of 2020 in lockdown and is a reminder of the amazing community spirit in Downend."