Shropshire villagers go wild in their own woody zoo

A new "zoo" has opened in Shropshire with new animals arriving all the time.

Lydia Cranston with children Jemimah, Phoebe , Benji, and Joanna with the artwork in Trefonen
Lydia Cranston with children Jemimah, Phoebe , Benji, and Joanna with the artwork in Trefonen

Sid the snake is one of the latest arrivals at the Wild, Woody Zoo that has appeared on the Memorial Green in the village of Trefonen.

The zoo is the idea of the local Women's Institute to brighten up the centre of the village and give residents something to get involved in during lockdown.

Logs have been set out around a pretend pond on the green and residents are being invited to draw animal pictures and pin them to the logs.

Member of the W.I. are also urging the community to decorate stones and place in the woody zoo.

Also on the green is Sid the snake, logs shaped to make a snake's head with a red ribbon for a tongue and the start of a body.

A notice beside Sid urges villages to complete his body in whatever way they like, whether with more, decorated logs or with decorated stones, or even with plastic bottles filled with interesting things.

The zoo is an addition to the Trefonen Silly Safari that has seen pictures and sculptures of animals of all kinds appear around the village.

The members of the W.I and other residents have place the animals and birds, from penguins to parrots, hippos to elephants, in their windows, gardens and driveways.

Ann Hindley one of those organising the zoo said it was lovely to see people getting involved in the Go Wild Challenge, whether out spotting the animals in the Silly Safari or adding to those in the Woody Zoo as well as helping to complete Sid the snake's body.

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