Oldway Mansion wall topped with 2,000 decorated stones

One of the decorated stones - many are dedicated to the NHS and key workers

One of the decorated stones - many are dedicated to the NHS and key workers - Credit: Archant

Torbay youngsters have taken lockdown entertainment to a new level with a project to create a picturesque pathway of decorated stones and pebbles in the gardens of Oldway Mansion.

Part of the decorated wall at Oldway in Paignton

Part of the decorated wall at Oldway in Paignton - Credit: Archant

Organised by the Devon Rocks and Stones Facebook group, the original idea was for children to decorate a stone and hide it for another child to find.

During the Covid-19 lockdown, this concept morphed into a fabulous 'snake' decoration along the top of a wall in the gardens of the iconic Torbay location.

'When I was working, I could hear all the children running around with excitement as they arranged the decorated stones,' said Jo Jones, a volunteer gardener at Oldway. 'During lockdown, kids have had the time to paint a load more stones. We have almost 2,000 now in the gardens and it would be amazing to aim for the record of 8,000.'