When two sisters from Abbots Langley decided to lay down a few snake-themed rocks in Leavesden Country Park one afternoon, they had no idea it was the start of a project which would cement its place in the village’s history.
Daisy Robinson (left), eight, and Freya (right), five, went to the park with their mum Becky in mid-May and set down seven painted rocks in a line – one of which was a snake’s head.
Less than three months later, the community’s children have created a snake which is roughly 1,322 rocks long and Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) have laid it in cement so that it lives as part of local history.
When we asked Becky if her or her children envisaged such a reaction to those seven rocks, she laughed and said: “No, absolutely not – it’s really mental.
“I think it happened at the right time. Everyone needed something positive and this gave them that. It has brought a lot of people together. The village has been amazing and supportive, and it’s a great project.”
Becky, who gave her kids the idea to start the snake after she saw children in Germany do it, said that Daisy and Freya were invited back to the snake before the council set the concrete.
“The council asked them to lay the last stones, the tail, as the finishing touch before it was cemented. I thought that was a lovely thing to do, and I want to thank the council and the guys at Leavesden Country Park for doing all of this.
“My girls are very proud and excited, and are pleased that so many of their friends have been involved with the snake.”
Daisy and Freya, who go to Tanners Wood School, also commented on the snake.
Daisy said: “We made the snake to give children something fun to do during lockdown and we hoped it would make people feel happy on their walks. We have enjoyed counting the stones on our walks to the park and seeing all the different pictures on them.”
Freya added: “People have said lots of nice things to us and wanted to add a stone to our snake. Even our headteacher has said ‘Wow, what a great idea.’”
With the snake now cemented, kids will no longer be able to add to it, but there is an ‘Abbots Langley Rocks’ Facebook group which encourages children to leave decorated stones across the village for others to find.