Many painted stones are left around the Park for people to find and relocated; it is something children greatly enjoy. So, we were fascinated by the idea of The Tottington Snake – a community project carried out in Tottington Lancashire during 2020.

Tottington Snake

The idea is to create a snake of painted stones, where people keep adding stones to the snake, rather than move stones around. As stones are added during 2021 they will create a ‘history’ of the year. In Tottington people have painted stones with family news, simple messages, to celebrate big events, or simply giving a seasonal flavour. The Tottington Snake, which goes through a woodland, now has 3,000 stones.

In Parkinson’s Park, we’ve cleared the top copse recently, and we thought this would be an excellent location for the Parkinson’s Python to start curling around inside. We’ll start the Python with some of the stones we’ve found around the Park on 27th January. You can then continue it with decorated stones of your own with our without your name underneath.

Top Copse

Lets see if we can make a really long coiled python inside the copse that we can follow next Christmas to see the story of our year.


The Python has started to uncurl with the stones from 2020 we have found in the Park.

About Jennifer Inskip Kirkby

Director and Vice Chair of Friends of Parkinson's Park CIC, Chair of Aireborough Neighbourhood Forum and Facilitator of Inskip One-Name Study. Has a degree in Local History (University of Cambridge), and Economics (University of Leeds). Now retired after a career as a Business Analyst and Advisor.
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